158 MIL­LION

The Washington Times Weekly - - Politics -

De­spite a “mi­gra­tion cri­sis” in Europe and the in­flu­ence of “anti-im­mi­grant par­ties,” hope springs eter­nal among those who want to leave their home­land ac­cord­ing to a mas­sive sur­vey of 453,122 adults in 152 coun­ties.

“In­stead of any of this act­ing as a de­ter­rent, Gallup World Poll sur­veys find peo­ple’s de­sire to mi­grate per­ma­nently to an­other coun­try ac­tu­ally in­creased be­tween 2015 and 2017. Gallup’s sur­veys through­out this pe­riod found 15 per­cent of the world’s adults — or more than 750 mil­lion peo­ple — say­ing they would like to move to an­other coun­try if they had the op­por­tu­nity,” the poll­ster re­ports.

“The coun­tries where po­ten­tial mi­grants say they would like to move — if they could — have gen­er­ally been the same for the past 10 years. In fact, roughly 18 coun­tries at­tract two-thirds of all po­ten­tial mi­grants world­wide,” Gallup said.

The U.S. is the top de­sired des­ti­na­tion, with 21 per­cent of the re­spon­dents say­ing they would go to Amer­ica if they could — that is an es­ti­mated 158 mil­lion peo­ple, the poll­ster said.

Canada and Ger­many are tied in sec­ond place, each with 6 per­cent of the pref­er­ence vote; France and Aus­tralia are next with 5 per­cent each; United King­dom (4 per­cent); Saudi Ara­bia and Spain (3 per­cent each); and Ja­pan and Italy (2 per­cent each) to round out the top 10.

“While this in­crease in the de­sire to mi­grate may set off alarms among those who would like to see fewer peo­ple on the move, Gallup typ­i­cally finds that the per­cent­age of those who have plans to move is much lower than the per­cent­age who would like to move,” ad­vises Gallup, which also noted that a sur­pris­ing 1-out-of-6 Amer­i­cans say that they too would con­sider leav­ing their home for life else­where.

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