Nearly half of Americans say they're less likely to travel overseas now than in the past thanks to the current political climate — but 15% say it's made them more likely to leave the U.S. for good, a new survey found.
The March poll of more than 2,000 Americans by the money exchange firm found that of those who said they'd part ways with the U.S., a hefty 44%, were millennials between ages 25 and 34.
"Millennials are drawn to opportunities to move abroad for a myriad of reasons: for job opportunities, personal relationships, embracing other cultures and adventures," Joe Cross, U.S. general manager of TransferWise, said in a statement.
At the same time, Cross said, "They're also rejecting the current rhetoric of nativism and entrenched borders: Millennials are decidedly self-identifying as global citizens in a more connected world."
Overall, around 20% of Americans said they were likely to move abroad at some point in their lives.
About one-fifth of poll respondents said they'd leave America in search of a better quality of life. Other reasons cited as incentives: a significant other, culture and higher pay.
Every age group in the TransferWise/Pollfish study cited ties to family or a partner as a top reason they might choose to stay stateside. "Safety" and "security" were cited increasingly often among each older age group polled.
Nearly one-quarter of Americans polled said their top relocation destination would be Canada, while just under 11% chose Australia and 10% selected the United Kingdom.
Slightly under 4% picked Mexico.