In the Expanse we learn that the majority of people living on Earth have very little opportunity and survive with a basic income in squalor.

How difficult would it be for one of these 'average' people to emigrate from Earth to either Mars or the Belt?

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    It is worth noting that during the early colonization of those parts of the America controlled by the British is was not unusual for poor people to accept a period of indentured servitude to pay for their passage (i.e. they couldn't muster the resources to pay for the travel). Later (once steamships were a thing) steerage passage was within the reach of the poor who had some resources if they were willing to arrive broke, but that was accomplished by packing them in like cargo. Discuss. – dmckee --- ex-moderator kitten Aug 10 '18 at 18:48
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    The issue of getting off Earth is discussed in the short story The Churn, which shows how Amos got off planet. It addresses your question exactly. Enjoy! – James from NZ Aug 10 '18 at 19:55
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    @JamesfromNZ Good to know thanks! I'll have a look into it. – Servitor Aug 10 '18 at 20:05
  • I am not sure whatever belt would be preferable. Show suggests that they would have also a very little opportunity but without a basic income. Mars attitude was not clear but given their behavior toward Belters it is dubious whatever they would be more happy about other poor people. – reducing activity Dec 1 '18 at 22:01

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