Exiled heads of state
In some cases the
head of state is allowed to go into exile following a
coup or other change of government, allowing a more peaceful transition to take place or to escape justice.
Avoiding tax or legal matters
A wealthy citizen who moves to a jurisdiction with lower taxes is termed a tax exile. Creative people such as authors and musicians who achieve sudden wealth sometimes choose this solution. Examples include the British-Canadian writer
Arthur Hailey, who moved to the Bahamas to avoid taxes following the runaway success of his novels Hotel and Airport,
 and the English rock band the
Rolling Stones who, in the spring of 1971, owed more in taxes than they could pay and left Britain before the government could seize their assets. Members of the band all moved to France for a period of time where they recorded music for the album that came to be called Exile on Main Street, the Main Street of the title referring to the French Riviera.
 In 2012,
Eduardo Saverin, one of the founders of Facebook, made headlines by renouncing his U.S. citizenship before his company's
 The dual Brazilian/U.S. citizen's decision to move to Singapore and renounce his citizenship spurred a bill in the U.S. Senate, the
Ex-PATRIOT Act, which would have forced such wealthy tax exiles to pay a special tax in order to re-enter the United States.
In some cases a person voluntarily lives in exile to avoid legal issues, such as
criminal prosecution. An example of this is
Asil Nadir, who fled to the
Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus for 17 years rather than face
prosecution in connection with the failed £1.7 bn company
Polly Peck in the
Avoiding violence or persecution, or in the aftermath of war