I was reading a blog post today about a fellow who had moved to another country and had renounced his U.S. citizenship, without naturalizing in another country. In other words, he willingly became a stateless person.
I presume, the country he lives in now must treat stateless persons at least somewhat favorably, otherwise doing such a thing would seem incredibly stupid.:smack:
Anyway, it got me to thinking… How bad would things have to get for me to consider that?
For me, it would have to be a very last resort. There would have to be a real risk of harm or persecution perpetuated by the government itself. My family and friends are all here, and while I could probably communicate in Spanish (somewhat) and Japanese (barely), I’m far from fluent in anything but English.
Now, moving to another country by itself is not something I would be opposed to, but doing so and renouncing citizenship, thereby forever giving up my right to return here, the times would have to be dire indeed.
What would make you “jump ship,” as the saying goes?