Considering how often the president of the United States criticizes his own country as a nation plagued by systemic racism, unfair to aspiring immigrants, burdened by the stains of social injustice, and economically divided by class struggles, it may actually be little surprise how many Americans say they’d consider giving up their citizenship.
CNBC reports on a recent online poll, the results of which show that more than one-third of those citizens surveyed — “35% of American-born residents and emigrants” — indicated they would be open to packing up and moving out of the United States. Some of the poll’s internal numbers are even more startling:
This percentage greatly increases for those age 18 to 34. More than half of millennials, a whopping 55 percent, said that they would consider leaving the U.S. for foreign shores. Among them, 43 percent of men and 38 percent of women noted that a higher salary would be a factor in their relocation decision.
The online survey of more than 2,000 adults was conducted by a company based in the United Kingdom whose business is facilitating peer-to-peer money transfer, thus avoiding bank fees.
The CNBC report also points out that, during the presidency of Barack Obama, there’s been a sharp increase in the number of expatriates — people who have renounced their U.S. citizenship and taken up residence in foreign countries. Noting that the number of annual expatriations was far below 1,000 up until 2010, CNBC says that figure for 2014 swelled “to a record 3,415 U. S. residents — a 14 percent increase since 2013.”
“But, that number continues to rise,” the report says. “In the first quarter of 2015 alone, 1,336 individuals chose to renounce citizenship, another record high reported by the [Treasury] department.”
A website called Daily Reckoning published an article a little more than a year ago in which author Doug Bandow, a senior fellow at the Cato Institute, contended, “The U.S. government is driving some of its most productive citizens abroad. The only beneficiaries are countries such as Singapore and Switzerland, which offer sanctuary to Americans fleeing avaricious Uncle Sam.”
Bandow went on to argue that it is a “moral imperative” to reduce the government’s take of the citizens’ hard-earned income and wealth:
America once was a land of opportunity. As it loses that distinction more people are tempted to go elsewhere.
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