Category Archives: Diaspora is National Resource

UK has 7% of its Brits Abroad – Why disenfranchise them?

The Mail Online article below reveals that the UK has the 8th highest expat rate in the world with 7% (4.5 million) of the British population living abroad and the top three destinations Australia (1.2 million), the US (700,000) and … Continue reading

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Wasted opportunity from 5 million Britons Abroad

This article below in The Economist doesn’t adhere to some popular prejudices about Britons abroad : “Some 5m Britons live abroad. The country could do far more to exploit its high-flying expats.” The Economist, August 9th 2014: The British diaspora … Continue reading

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Australia, US, Canada, Spain, France grant full overseas voting rights.

The purpose of the briefing note below by CReAM (Centre for Research & Analysis of Migration), is to inform the UK’s national discussion about immigration. Immigration is a key issue not only for British citizens in the UK but also concerns British expatriate … Continue reading

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Some 35% of British Electorate are Non-Voters

Some 16 million British citizens, or around 35% of those eligible to vote in the 2010 general election, did not do so according to this article in The Economist of 7th December 2013 “Stay-at-home voters: The reluctant kingmakers“. This 35% … Continue reading

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British Expats are “Spectators to Democracy”

As British expatriates are we fairly represented in Westminster? The answer must be no given the historically low turnout rates (a maximum of only some 30,000 registered to vote out of 5 – 6 million), and political disenfranchisement anyway after … Continue reading

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100,000 Overseas Voters Would Represent an Important Constituency.

Surely it should be possible to attract at least 100,000 British citizens living abroad to register to vote in good time for the next general election in May 2015? This number of expatriate voters would represent much more than an average-sized UK … Continue reading

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Expat Irish Show “Votes-for-expat-Brits” the way!

Exploiting the power of new communications technologies to gather the views and opinions of the worldwide Irish diaspora on national voting rights, Ireland has demonstrated that its own expatriates are not “detached” from their homeland but as Irish citizens want a say in … Continue reading

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