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American Emigration

June 16, 2010

Marc Rice in Forbes:

There have been a lot of news stories and opinion pieces written about immigration in recent weeks, including a special report in this publication just last month. Much less has been written about emigration, about the people who have made the decision to leave the U.S. in order to build their lives elsewhere.

However, as Forbes Editor Paul Maidment noted in his recent essay on immigration, many immigrants to the U.S. eventually return to their home countries. But it isn’t just home countries that beckon residents of the U.S. Nearly a quarter-million emigrants leave the U.S. each year, and the State Department estimates that between 5 million and 5.5 million Americans currently live abroad. These emigrants remit nearly $3 billion back to the U.S. each year, more than emigrants from most other countries remit to their home countries.

Where do these emigrants go? Nearly one-third (32.2%) live in countries in Latin America and the Caribbean. In fact, the U.S. ranks ninth in the percentage of its emigrants that reside in that part of the world. The next most popular destination for American emigrants is Europe, at 28.3%. Around 12.6% of U.S. emigrants reside in other parts of Northern America, and there are small numbers of American emigrants living in Oceania (4.2%) and Africa (2.7%). [More]

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