The above chart is perhaps the most straightforward answer to a particularly complicated question: Where do Americans go when they move out of the country?
It’s a simple snapshot of American emigrant populations around the world. It doesn’t account for when they moved, or under what circumstances, just that their country of origin tagged them as “American Immigrants” in its latest census. As you’ll see, this is an imperfect measure of American emigration because it takes into account past migration as well as migration through things like marriage and family ties, neither of which are really the focus of this blog. For obvious reasons, we don’t generally advocate marrying somebody just to gain citizenship. Unless, of course, you’re starring in a romantic comedy.
I’ve developed a few other ways of looking at the American migration problem, ways I’ll roll out like so many wheels of mature cheese as this blog develops.