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Discussion in 'Travel' started by reppans, Feb 26, 2014.
Ye big softie
From USA. Been living in the Philippines since 2001.
I'm from N.Ireland and living in Scotland. Does that count? I did marry a native in case they build the wall again. I'd be sure to get a green card with an established marriage.
Interesting point, Ben.
Just did a quick internet search and came up with the following "facts":
- Brits living abroad = estimated at 5.5m / 1 in 10 ish
- Yanks living abroad = estimated between 3m and 6m / 1 in 50 ish
Assuming that presence here is proportional to wider population you would expect 5x as many American members as British but similar number of expats from each. Not sure what the reality on the site is but the stats above suggest that there are a lot of foot-loose Brits in general. Personally, I reject the "state of the country" as an explanation for this. Brits have been moving overseas, as traders and colonisers, for centuries.
My apologies to all other nationalities on here (which is what makes this a great site), just picked the two largest (primarily) anglophone countries.
So do I have to picture myself as a choleric retired Indian Army Major with gout and a never ending fund of boring stories moaning the end of colonisation while drinking gin in a whites only bar in Rhodesia?
Feel free, but I don't think any of that is compulsory.
Good good, can't stand gin.
A lot of it I would just assume to be down to the physical size of the country - For an American to want a completely different climate, geography or other change, you can move a few states over, be a thousand miles away from you started and a completely different life. In Britain that same change instead means a move a few countries over (and still travelling the same distance). Start out in England and in a day you can have driven through multiple different countries, in America you have crossed into the next state...
To pick a good stereotype, in Britain people often mention wanting to retire somewhere warm and sunny - which means moving to Spain or the South of France. In America people have the same desire, but instead will move to Florida, not a completely different country.
If anything, from reading this forum I get the impression that Americans typically move around far more than most British people, just they typically stay within the same country
Reasons for the higher proportion of British expats vs US expats:
1) The weather (as Narcosynthesis alluded to).
2) Global taxation (on US citizens).
IMHO, of course
I think that is a very good point. Also, it seems to me, that the US is rather inward looking as consequence of that size and historically being a destination for migrants.
From England. Living in GA, USA !!
Late comer to this thread.
Approximately 9+ years in Asia. 1st time: 4 years in Taiwan (early 80's); then back to the US. 10 years later got more interesting. Over a 5 year period: China, Macau, Taiwan. Work assignments in Taiwan, HK, China, India, Korea, Singapore, Thailand, Japan.
But it has now been about 16 years since I've been out there! Guess its time to get a new passport....
Moshe ben David
Another latecomer to the thread - don't think of myself as an expat really, but I guess I am one!
I'm a Brit, moved to Canada for a year when I was 21 and then came to Aus a bit under 5 years ago. Just found out for sure that I'm able to apply for citizenship in a month or so which I'm excited about, but it ain't half tough living here sometimes in terms of not seeing family. Is what it is though eh?
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Was in Qatar for 1 year
I just faxed my primary ballot back to Florida.
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