Record Numbers of Americans Want to Leave the U.S.


By Julie Ray and Neli Esipova / January 4, 2019 / Gallup


The 30% of Americans younger than 30 who would like to move also represents a new high -- and it is also the group in which the gender gap is the largest. Forty percent of women younger than 30 said they would like to move…

Bottom Line

After years of remaining flat, the number of Americans -- particularly young women -- who desire to leave the U.S. permanently is on the rise. This increase is concerning, but none of this suggests that the U.S. is going to suddenly see a mass migration in which it could lose as many as 40% of its young women.

It's important to note that people's desire to migrate is typically much higher than their intention to do so -- as such, it is unlikely that Americans will be flocking to the Canadian border.


(RP: I don’t often comment on the articles we relay, but…

This surge towards migration reminds me of Wooden Ships by Crosby, Stills & Nash…

“We are leaving, you don't need us
Go take a sister, then, by the hand
Lead her away from this foreign land
Far away, where we might laugh again”

…which, between you and me, I always considered kind of whiny.

Frankly, if you look at the opportunities that the digital drivers of Globalization have given us to create the local/global — “glocal” — world we actually live in day-to-day we are more free and empowered than ever to step up to the challenge of our patriotism.

Food for thought:

“One’s destination is never a place but rather a new way of looking at things.” - Henry Miller

“Once in a while it really hits people that they don’t have to experience the world in the way they have been told to.” - Alan Keightley