Foreign News: The Psychological Emigrant

Great Britain has a high standard of living, full employment, political freedom, womb-to-tomb medical care, and as much peace as most nations in the world. Why should a Briton want to leave home? Yet when the Gallup poll (published last week) asked, "If you were free to do so, would you like to go and settle in another country?", 41% of the Britons polled answered yes, and another 12% said they were not sure.

This is no sudden mood. In 1948, when Britain was still suffering from war-spawned austerity, 42% of Britons answered yes to the same question. When 35% were still...

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