Some of us (many of us?) may have been interviewed for this well-researched book and awaiting its publication.
Where Are Overseas Americans?
Who Are Overseas Americans?
Counting the Uncountable
How Many Americans Leave the United States in a Given Year?
Counting Overseas Populations: An International Challenge
Dear Survey Respondents, dear Interviewees–
Thank you so much for your patience with me! Turns out book-writing is a long process. However, it’s nearly here! I’m delighted to let you know, if you haven’t happened across it already, that my book is listed on Amazon – although it’s not actually published yet.
… until the book is actually published, which is scheduled for January 2014. …
In the meantime, a colleague and I wrote this piece, which you might find interesting (the book expands on these points): http://www.migrationinformation.org/USfocus/print.cfm?ID=951
May 17, 2013
The migration debate in the United States — a country with a long history of immigration and currently home to around one-fifth of all international migrants — often focuses on the number of foreign born who enter and reside in the country. Much less focus is paid to Americans who live abroad. While small numbers of high-profile Americans such as Gertrude Stein, Ernest Hemingway, Richard Wright, or Josephine Baker have long captured the imagination of the American public for their adventures in Paris and elsewhere, there are millions more living lower-profile and very different lives.
The US government does not formally track how many Americans leave the United States, whether temporarily or permanently, meaning that one has to rely on estimates to get a sense of how many US citizens live overseas, in addition to the 289 million US citizens (out of the total population of 311.6 million) who live in the United States. As the Census Bureau reported to Congress in 2001: “No accurate estimate exists of the total number of Americans living abroad or of the other components of this population. At this time, we cannot estimate accurately the size of the universe of the overseas population.”
Despite efforts by American organizations and the US government to achieve more consistency, current estimates vary from 2.2 million to 6.8 million — a substantial range. This population’s size, characteristics, and distribution remain an enigma — as do their economic, political, and societal impacts both in the United States and abroad.
This article explores what is known about Americans overseas — common destinations, occupations, and motives for leaving the United States (and ultimately staying abroad) — and also examines the challenges of calculating the population’s size and distribution. It draws on a variety of sources, including the US Census Bureau, the US State Department, the World Bank, and a forthcoming study based on interviews conducted in 2011 with 115 Americans in Berlin, Paris, and London, and a survey with 884 respondents, based primarily in Western Europe.
As always, if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me.
My best regards,
Amanda Klekowski von Koppenfels
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