Why am I not surprised that emmigration of Brits to other countries increased by 30% since 2001? Anyway, whilst the whole prospect of moving to Egypt had been initially scary, it has turned out to have been the best move I could have made. And to add to that, I now have a skill that I can use world-wide.
Anyway, I won't rub it in any further, but if you are toying with the idea, remember you can always move back, you may as well give it a go. ;D
I can understand how you feel. We are even offering a special deal where you can do your professional qualifications for five grand sterling in a 12 week internship at the Ocean College! Run awaaaay!!! Hehe.
Having said all that... this is a global recession so it does affect us as well. It is just easier to deal with when you are in the sunshine.