Category Archives: Diaspora is National Resource

World Expat Population

This interesting report on the world expatriate population identifies a British expat diaspora of 4.7 million. Given that for up to 15 years away a British citizen retains the right to register and vote from overseas, it is striking that … Continue reading

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Lord Lexden Success : All Party Inquiry on Overseas Voting Rights.

The 23rd of January, Lord Lexden returned with some success to the Overseas Voting Rights question, at the House of Lords Committee report stage of the Electoral Registration & Administration Bill (ERA). There is final recognition that this issue is … Continue reading

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Why (You Should) Bother to Vote?

According to this article below (The X factor: the economics of voting) in The Economist of November 10th 2012, economists wonder why individuals turn out to vote at all in countries where it is not compulsory. ( In Australia where … Continue reading

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Keep Voting Link with “Brain Drain”

Nine out of ten of the 149,000 British citizens who emigrated from the UK last year were of working age and up to 8000 were pensioners, all adding to the estimated 5 million or more living overseas. Of particular concern … Continue reading

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Global Citizens

A comment received from Nicholas Kent Newman in response to the previous post on the “Neglect or Apathy of British Citizens Living Abroad” drew attention to the “I’m all right Jack, pull up the ladder” attitude “which will last until for … Continue reading

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British Diaspora is a National Resource.

Why doesn’t the British government show more interest, compared with other countries such as the US, in retaining links with its citizens moving overseas? One illustration of this is that after 15 years away,  British citizens living overseas automatically lose their … Continue reading

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