Our expert says:
It does indeed sound as though the idea of moving to the UK may have a number of distinct disadvantages for you ( giving up the security of your property, family and friends, is a majior sacrifice ) and it is far from certain that the move would be fortunate and useful for either of you.
Even in the very best of times, simply being in a foreign countrywithout friends and support, is far more difficult than most people realise ; in these hard economic times, with jobs scarce and cut-backs leading the locals to be less welcoming than usual to foreigners, it would be harder than ever.
I'm not sure of the pension issue, and the rules may be changing. Getting permanent residency status is far from certain, and startin at 47 or 48 ( and jobs all the more hard to find ) , even with the age of qualifying for a pension being advanced now, you might not qualify for much of a pension.
maria makes the excellent point that at the very l;east use the year or so until your second son finishes his apprenticeship and gets his first job, can be used both to think this all through VERY carefully ; and your fiancee may well find the grass on that side far from green, and may be in the mood for returning. Both of you should avoid burning any bridges until success, security and happiness on that side is sure.
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