The United States is the top pick — by far — for migrants seeking a new home, despite reports that President Trump’s policies are scaring people away and making countries such as Canada and some in Europe the preferred choice, according to a new report.
Some 158 million, or a population far larger than all of Russia, want to move to the U.S., about 21 percent of all those in the world seeking a new home.
The Washington Examiner Reports:
In a worldwide survey, Gallup found that 15 percent of the world, or 758 million, want to move, most for jobs.
- 158 million chose the U.S.
- 47 million Canada.
- 42 million Germany.
- 36 million France or Australia.
- 34 million United Kingdom.
- 24 million Saudi Arabia.
- 21 million Spain.
- 17 million Japan.
- 15 million Italy.
Gallup said that the United States has been battered internationally presumably because some do not like Trump. But apparently that didn’t lessen the desire of migrants to come to the U.S.
“Although the image of U.S. leadership took a beating between 2016 and 2017, the U.S. continues to be the most desired destination country for potential migrants,” Gallup said.
And as the border war has seen, the United States is a huge draw from those in the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, and Honduras. Half of the citizens in those countries want out.
It also noted that the desires expressed by potential migrants doesn’t mean the U.S. will seen a 50 percent increase in population.
“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,” said the survey company.
And Trump’s immigration policies also make that unlikely, having put some limits on refugees and other immigrants.