America remains the favourite destination of people wanting to move to another country. And the country with the largest number of people wanting to move to the United States is China.
Nigeria and India have the second and third largest number of people wanting to settle in America.
This is from a Gallup poll which says:
About 13% of the world’s adults — or about 630 million people — say they would like to leave their country and move somewhere else permanently. For roughly 138 million people, that somewhere else would be the U.S. — the No. 1 desired destination for potential migrants. The U.K., Canada, and France also rank among the top choices for potential migrants.
These findings are based on a rolling average of Gallup interviews with 501,366 adults in 154 countries between 2010 and 2012. The 154 countries represent more than 98% of the world’s adult population; 3% of that population would like to relocate to the U.S. permanently.
Approximately 19 million in China want to move to the U.S. permanently
Potential migrants who would like to move to the U.S. are logically the most likely to come from some of the most populous countries in the world. Roughly 10 million or more adults would like to move to the U.S. permanently from China, Nigeria, and India.
|Number of adults|
|United Kingdom||3 million|
However, other populous countries such as Iran and Pakistan do not have large groups of people who say that they would like to move to the U.S. permanently. Instead, Pakistanis most desire to relocate to Saudi Arabia and the U.K. and Iranians would prefer to move to Jordan or Lebanon.
The favourite destinations of would-be immigrants
|Number of adults (projected numbers
based on percentages who would like to move)
|United States||138 million|
|United Kingdom||42 million|
|Saudi Arabia||29 million|
A staggering 37 per cent of Liberians say they would like to settle in the U.S. permanently. One in four adults or more in Sierra Leone, the Dominican Republic, and Haiti would also like to move to the U.S. permanently. Three countries with the highest percentages of people who would like to relocate to the U.S. permanently are in Africa, seven are in Central America and the Caribbean, with the remaining country, Cambodia, in Asia.
Countries with the highest percentage of population wanting to settle in the US
|% of total adult population|