For many, a U.S. citizenship is invaluable, but in 2013 the number of Americans giving up the rights associated with it – of their own free will – tripled. Some expect the figure for this year to be larger still because of new, stricter tax laws, despite a five-fold increase in the fee you must pay to officially realign your nationality. We consider the factors pushing American expats to renounce their citizenship.


  • Muzaffar Chishti Director, Migration Policy Institute Office at New York University School of Law
  • Barbara Stcherbatcheff Journalist; author, "Confessions of a City Girl"

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