Having a second citizenship is so important to some Brits that they’re willing to pay more for one than they spend on monthly rent.
In May, The Second Citizenship Survey 2017 from CS Global Partners asked 500 people in the UK between the ages of 18 and 50 about the importance of a second citizenship, as well as their thoughts on and knowledge of passports.
Only 11% of those surveyed owned a second passport, but 89% said they would like to.
The main reasons cited were increased freedom and human rights (28.57%) and travel opportunities (28.57%), followed by business/career opportunities (16.48%), and lifestyle benefits (12.09%).
Over 34% said they had looked into investing in a second citizenship, with over 58% citing Brexit as the main reason for doing so.
Even more striking were the 80.68% who said they would be willing to invest or donate 5% of their annual salary for a second citizenship – more than they spend on monthly rent. The average monthly rent in the UK is £901, while the average annual salary is £27,500, making 5% a whopping average of £1,380.
Nearly 15% even said they would give 50% of their salary, with over 4% saying they would be willing to give “significantly more” than their annual salary.
As far as where they would go?
Fourteen percent of British citizens would choose Australia over any other country in the world for their second citizenship, according to the survey, with the USA (13%) and Canada (9%) coming in second and third, followed by Germany (6%) and Spain (5%).