December 12, 2013 - Phil Hodgen

Renunciation trends in Auckland

I received an email yesterday from a contact in New Zealand. Renunciations in the Auckland Consulate are apparently way, way up compared to last year.

I had occasion to speak with an NZ woman who was managing our file because they had messed up on something. She said that there were only 5 renunciation appointments in the last FY (2012-10 — 2013-09), but that they already had 25 appointments for the first quarter of this FY. I didn’t ask if that was number of persons or number of appointments. Anyway, if that trend continues, what is that, a 2,000% increase in one year?

This a large increase. Starting from a low base (five in the prior fiscal year) the statistics are deceiving. Don’t read too much into the percentage increase.

The absolute numbers are small. But I am hearing anecdotally that numbers are up dramatically at other Consulates and Embassies, too. Thus, the trend line may indicate what is happening worldwide. I just don’t have numbers from other countries.

The government’s secret plan is working. Citizens are expensive and they want stuff from Uncle Sam. The new strategy is to print lots of money and force people out of the country. That will help the Federal government balance its budget. /sarcasm.