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Where do Americans Live Abroad?

Bernt Bratsberg and Dek Terrell
The International Migration Review
Vol. 30, No. 3 (Autumn, 1996), pp. 788-802
DOI: 10.2307/2547637
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2547637
Page Count: 15
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Abstract

This article examines the factors that influence emigration of U.S. citizens. Data from a 1993 survey administered by the U.S. Department of State as part of an evacuation requirements report form the basis for the empirical analysis. The empirical analysis explains the distribution of U.S. citizens residing in 65 foreign countries in terms of economic and political characteristics of the foreign states. The study finds that U.S. citizens are more likely to reside in rich and close countries than in distant and poor countries and that the foreign country's ties to the U.S. immigrant population and the use of the English language are important determinants of where Americans settle abroad. Political conditions and U.S. military presence also influence the choice of foreign residence.

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