The Q2 2015 Quarterly Publication of Individuals Who Have Chosen to Expatriate has been placed on public inspection for printing in the Federal Register for 31 July 2015, one day later than required by law. This is the seventy-fifth list to appear since the passage of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, or maybe the seventy-fourth. (That depends on whether you count the 52-days-late Q3 2000 list, which was an exact duplicate of the Q2 2000 list.)
The list this quarter contains 460 names. This is the smallest quarterly total since the absurdly-small Q4 2012 list, which contained just 45 names. On the other hand, it’s also the second-fastest publication time since then too (the fastest being the Q3 2014 list, the only one to appear on time since then). During the same period covered by the newest list, the FBI’s NICS gun control database went from 28,646 renunciant records to 30,117, an increase of 1,471 renunciants — similar to the number added to NICS during the first three months of the year.
Working from the (possibly outdated, and if so probably too low rather than too high) estimate of four or five relinquishers for every six renunciants, the NICS figures suggests that at least 2,700 people gave up U.S. citizenship during those three months. On top of that, perhaps 4,500 ex-permanent residents cancelled their green cards during the same period (based on USCIS statistics from 2013).