Wikipedia’s list of public figures who gave up U.S. citizenship from the 1930s to the present day has reached nearly 100 entries. This list is far from complete — hopefully friends of Isaac Brock from around the world can suggest some additions, as right now it’s heavily weighted towards entries from the Caribbean and from East Asia. However, it is large and diverse enough for us to make some interesting observations.
From 1994 to 2006, I can confirm only a single report that a public figure in Wikipedia’s list gave up U.S. citizenship but did not appear in the Federal Register or the 1995 Joint Committee on Taxation report before it: South Korean actress Han Ye-seul. After 2006, however, the reports of public figures who gave up U.S. citizenship without ever appearing in the Federal Register start expanding rapidly. 2006 was an interesting year in other respects as well: it was the first year in which the number of “published expatriates” ever showed a significant decrease.