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Forget our powerful passport, we’re outta here for golden ...

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Forget our powerful passport, we’re outta here for golden opportunities

Americans are moving abroad as soaring inflation and societal tensions make alternatives more attractive

Devon Pendleton and Claire Ballentine

US citizens, weary of polarised politics and the soaring cost of living, are taking up residency overseas, a role reversal for what’s long been considered one of the most powerful passports in the world. 

Amy Leavitt, 66, and her husband Ralph, 73, were dismayed by the bitter divisions laid bare by the pandemic, so they swapped their woodsy Vermont farm for 27 acres on Portugal’s southwest coast. It was difficult to pass up the opportunity for a seaside spread where Ralph, an organic farmer, can grow flowers and vegetables year-round. It didn’t hurt that the property taxes are a 10th what they paid in Vermont.

The Leavitts plan to apply for Portuguese citizenship after five years, as the country’s golden visa programme allows, and they’re working on getting visas for their sons too...

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