Are You One of Those People Who Don’t Stay Put?

The above graphic is interesting if you’re the least bit interested in the immigration issue. Not that all the people living outside of their country-of-origin have emigrated. Some are living abroad merely on a temporary basis — perhaps for a job or education. Nonetheless, the differences among countries tell us something about the cultural and economic variances at work.

Spain and France stand out as being the most homebound nations. Their citizens tend to stay put. Few live outside the country.

Ireland isn’t surprising, at least from an American perspective. Many of us know someone who was born and raised in Ireland but now lives in the U.S. But Portugal surprised me a tad. I suspect it has to do with limited economic opportunities there, but that’s only a guess.

Greece surprised me, too. Given its economy and plight of their people, I’d have thought the percentage would have been higher.

What the map overall shows, however, is that there are quite a few people in the world who feel free to leave their country-of-origin, whatever the reason. In my opinion, that’s not a bad thing. Languages and cultural differences need not constitute a fence or wall.