Thousands of Americans are renouncing their citizenship and are taking permanent residence in foreign countries. Some analysts associate these developments to what they term “America’s uncertain future” … Wages in the United States are low and many hard working people struggle to afford life’s basic necessities. Other burning issues include a degrading public health system, a half-dead retail sector and an arguably chaotic political environment …
Americans who have relatives and friends outside of the United States are choosing to renounce their U.S. citizenship and relocate to countries with better economies. It has emerged that Americans are forced to renounce their citizenship as a way of circumventing the stiff legal requirements on foreigners in countries where they seek employment or business opportunities. “They then take the tough decision of renouncing their U.S. citizenship for a foreign one in their quest for a better life” …
Oh wait, I seem to have inadvertently misquoted the article. We at the Isaac Brock Society deeply regret this editing error. It’s actually talking about the reasons why citizens of Botswana renounce. You weren’t seriously expecting the U.S. media to give a reasonable overview of the issues faced by the American diaspora? Sorry, they’re too busy pounding the drum about how we’re all evil tax evaders not paying our fair share!
Of course, I couldn’t misquote too much from the article without revealing that it’s not about the United States. As the author points out later on:
If someone wishes to resume their Botswana citizenship, they may apply for the resumption of their lost Botswana citizenship in accordance with Section 17 of the Citizenship Act which provides that: “A citizen by birth or descent who has ceased to be a citizen of Botswana by virtue of the provisions of Section 15 or 16 may, at any time thereafter, make a declaration in such form as may be prescribed that they wish to resume citizenship of Botswana and upon the registration of the declaration in accordance with the provisions of subsection (2), they shall again become citizens of Botswana.
The Ministry did not share the details and statistics of whether there are any cases of resumption of lost citizenship but said; ”To date no application for resumption of Botswana citizenship has been declined or rejected.”
Many countries both rich & poor, European & African & Asian, have similar provisions for their diaspora to easily obtain residence visas or to reclaim their renounced citizenship: Australia, Denmark, South Korea, the Philippines, and the United Kingdom, for example. In contrast, the U.S. has no such procedures, and instead rabble-rousing politicians have repeatedly proposed that emigrants who renounce citizenship should be banned from the country permanently.