What are the differences between Americans who are interested in or planning to relocate and their peers who are not interested? Are there any personality characteristics that separate the two groups?
If you follow the media on the topic of Americans living overseas, you will think that the great majority are retirees seeking a lower cost of living, warmer weather, or some other goal associated in many people’s minds with retirement.
This is a dangerous time for the United States, and not just because of the lingering Great Recession. Young adult Americans are packing their bags and heading out of the country in astonishing numbers. Many more are turning their minds in that direction.
These are the people in our surveys who answered the question, “Are you planning to relocate to another nation for more than two years for reasons other than the requirements of the military, the government, or your job?” by responding, “Yes, I plan to relocate outside the US.”