Friday, January 26, 2007

The US loses by discouraging citizens from living overseas

One in ten United Kingdom citizens live outside Britain. The number continues to grow. Yet only about one in seventy-five Americans live overseas. There are many reasons for that - size of the country, large tax disincentives (the US is one of very few countries which taxes non-resident citizens) - but the largest may simply be lack of knowledge of the world outside. In turn, this leads to a country with very little understanding of other countries and empathy for citizens of other countries. As a result, the US is at a disadvantage when creating and managing foreign policy, or growing international businesses.

It would benefit the US immensely if there were a large pool of US citizens who have experienced other countries, languages and cultures through immersion rather than simply visits, however lengthy.

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