Millions Of Americans Have Left The Country. Where Are They Going, And Why?

Reports reveal why millions of Americans have left the country and where they are going with emigration spiking after George W. Bush’s 2004 re election, Joe Biden’s 2020 victory, and Donald Trump’s 2016 victory.

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America is a nation of immigrants, as we all know (with the obvious exception of its long-marginalized Native population). However, there are times when it seems as though it is about to become a nation of emigrants.

Google search interest in relocating to Canada increased after George W. Bush’s 2004 reelection, Joe Biden’s 2020 victory, and Donald Trump’s 2016 victory. After the US Supreme Court overturned the important Roe v. Wade abortion rights decision, it occurred once more in June. Recent Gallup polls indicate that up to 15% of Americans wish to permanently emigrate, and even more say they would consider doing so in the right conditions.

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However, statistics reveal that a very small percentage of Americans have actually made the switch. And an even smaller percentage of Americans depart for political reasons, claims migration expert Amanda Klekowski von Koppenfels.

Let’s take a closer look at the statistics before delving more deeply into the causes.

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Despite being the top immigration destination in the world, with about three times as many immigrants living there as in the runner-up countries of Germany and Saudi Arabia, the United States ranks a pitiful 26th in terms of immigration outbound. According to our examination of U.N. data, only one American leaves the country for every six Indians or four Mexicans.

Additionally, Americans travel the world more than immigrants from other countries.  According to a Washington Post analysis, no other country has as few people concentrated in its top 10 (or top 25, or top 50) destinations.

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This widespread dispersion likely stems in part from America’s immigrant history. Many Americans still have ties to their ancestors’ countries of origin, and America is the primary destination for immigrants from about 40 different countries. It also demonstrates the military’s extensive reach, as well as that of non-governmental organisations like the Peace Corps and Christian missionaries.

Few governments, including the United States, preserve a detailed record of Americans who have emigrated. The State Department requests registration from some expatriates, but it does not keep complete, current directories. So, we’ll need a little assistance from our pals to count the emigration. perhaps from their statistics organisations.

The United Nations and World Bank gather information from local surveys and censuses about populations who were born abroad and use it to estimate migration patterns between more than 200 nations and localities. As of 2020, they calculated that there were about 2.8 million Americans living abroad.

They concentrate on just one indicator of immigration: a foreign birthplace. This allows them to maintain consistency in their assessments across nations and historical periods and prevents double counting of millions of people who have dual citizenship. In spite of the fact that many members of such groups assert their citizenship, they frequently exclude Americans who were born abroad to American parents, spouses who were born abroad but married Americans, or American immigrants who later emigrated. (They also frequently do not include visitors, temporary labourers, or American soldiers.)

About 4.8 million American civilians lived abroad in 2018, according to consultants for the Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP), a company that assists voters who are American citizens abroad. According to consultants for the advocacy group American Citizens Abroad, there were around 3.9 million civilians, plus 1.2 million service members and other government-affiliated Americans.

Mexico is the most popular exit country for Americans by almost any criteria. However, there is an odd explanation for that, which is made clear when you divide the American population of Mexico by age.

Young adults, such as students, Mormon missionaries, and Marines, or middle-aged professionals are typically the migrants from America. Mexican Americans, however, are neither: In other words, children make up two thirds of the population.

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According to a demographic study of Mexican data conducted by Claudia Masferrer (El Colegio de México), Erin Hamilton (University of California at Davis), and Nicole Denier, the majority of these young Americans had two Mexican parents (University of Alberta). They were born in the United States at the height of Mexican immigration, and as the population of Mexican Americans peaked in 2007 and then declined under the Obama and Trump administrations, they moved back to Mexico with their parents. Many parents made the voluntary return, but according to study (pdf below), 1 in 6 were deported.

These young American Mexicans, or “accidental Americans,” as some refer to them because they did not want to become citizens of the United States, are mainly found in border states, especially Baja California and Chihuahua.

Most Americans travel on purpose to other popular places like Canada, the UK, Germany, Israel, Australia, and other developed economies. or at least it appears to be that way at first. However, if you dig a little deeper, practically every American immigrant has a history full with accidents.

Not only is Klekowski von Koppenfels the foremost expert on the American diaspora, but she is also a member. Although she was raised in Western Massachusetts, she never intended to move abroad. In 1996, she travelled to Berlin to conduct PhD studies. Her 10-month grant was then extended. A German man she met. She had a wedding. They had children. All of a sudden, she had established a career at the University of Kent’s Brussels campus and it had been 20 years.

Most Americans travel on purpose to other popular places like Canada, the UK, Germany, Israel, Australia, and other developed economies. or at least it appears to be that way at first. However, if you dig a little deeper, practically every American immigrant has a history full with accidents.

Not only is Klekowski von Koppenfels the foremost expert on the American diaspora, but she is also a member. Although she was raised in Western Massachusetts, she never intended to move abroad. In 1996, she travelled to Berlin to conduct PhD studies. Her 10-month grant was then extended. A German man she met. She had a wedding. They had children. All of a sudden, she had established a career at the University of Kent’s Brussels campus and it had been 20 years. Even though middle-class Americans make up the majority of the diaspora and don’t garner as much media attention as billionaires building doomsday compounds in New Zealand, she now speaks with, observes, and researches these people.

“I always used to think that my story was, you know, something special. Turns out it’s actually completely run of the mill … Most of us are out of the country by accident,” Klekowski von Koppenfels said. “It’s not as glamorous as the myths would have you think,” she added.

Despite the complaints following the election, according to Klekowski von Koppenfels, very few Americans go abroad for political reasons. Even fewer people actually run away from danger or duress: Only 426 Americans are listed as refugees by the U.N. agency for refugees in 2021, with Germany, the United Kingdom, and Canada as their preferred destinations. Compared to 6.8 million from Syria, 2.7 million from Afghanistan, or 2.4 million from South Sudan, that number is vanishingly small.

Instead, research by Klekowski von Koppenfels and Helen B. Marrow of Tufts University reveals that the vast majority of Americans desire to relocate abroad in order to travel or experience new things. They claim that there are usually multiple reasons why people emigrate, with the desire to retire overseas, work abroad, or leave a difficult situation at home being a few of the more prevalent ones. However, the American drive that predominates is the desire to explore, or “to lean forward to the next mad journey beneath the stars,” as Kerouac put it.

Americans frequently discover something else when they travel abroad in search of excitement. An expatriate is quickly transformed from a traveller by a significant other or big income. Political protest has not replaced this as the standard American emigrant story.

“Exploration is the key underlying factor for a plurality of Americans,” Klekowski von Koppenfels said, “but there’s most often something else going on as well, whether it’s a job, a partner, study abroad, wanting to help others — something like that.”

A study by FVAP, the voting organisation, reveals that the majority of American voters in every location of the world are also workers, despite stereotypes of the idle rich or retired expats. (In most places, retirees make up a sizable minority; in Southeast Asia and the Americas, they account for more than 25 percent of the expat community.)

On the type of work that these Americans conduct, there is no information. Americans returning to the United States are much, much more likely to be serving in the military than the majority of Americans, according to surveys conducted by the Census Bureau. Additionally, they are more likely to work in public administration or education than in the fields of manufacturing, construction, health care, or retail.

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Joyce Zhang Gray, who was born in Washington, D.C., and raised in Texas and Michigan, travelled extensively in her twenties, stopping in places like Singapore, Kenya, and Argentina. She is currently the CEO of Alariss Global, a tech company she started to help overseas companies wishing to quickly hire distant American workers manage hiring, local laws, and benefits.

“A lot of Americans are actually really globally minded,” she said, “and it’s becoming easier and easier for them to act on that global impulse as technology allows folks to cross borders for medium- and long-term stays, or to simply work remotely.”

born in San Francisco MENA Catalysts, a Middle Eastern government relations agency for high-tech companies, was created and is run by Sam Blatteis. He is the kind of expat who serves as an unofficial mayor of the diaspora, bringing together ad hoc extended families and organising holiday festivities at his home in Dubai. He has lived and worked in the Arab world for the majority of the past two decades. Despite the wealth of the Gulf monarchies he said, profits aren’t the most powerful force pulling most expats abroad.

“I haven’t met many Americans in Cairo, Damascus or Abu Dhabi who are truly motivated solely by money,” said Blatteis, who has lived in each. “It’s usually people that are pretty academically and intellectually curious. A good chunk of my friends end up marrying people from cultures completely different than their own.”

Over the course of his 20-year study of migration, Caglar Ozden, the World Bank’s head economist and co-director of its upcoming World Development Report, has discovered that immigrants defy categorization. Whether they are adventurers or asylum seekers, Armenians or Americans, as soon as they settle down, they all begin to act similarly: They seek out work and education. Social networks are created by them. They gain language skills.

“As a scholar of mobility, that’s what I have learned,” Ozden told us, his voice urgent. “Our common traits are way, way bigger and more fundamental than our differences.”

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