US tops poll of most desirable place to live

by Ray Clancy on April 5, 2013

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US tops poll of most desirable place to live

The United States is the most popular country in the world that people desire to move to with 138 million people, saying they would like to move there permanently, a new poll shows. Overall about 13% of the world’s adults, about 630 million people, dream about leaving the country where they were born and after the US the most desired locations are the UK, Canada and France.

The poll from Gallup shows 42 million naming the UK as the place they would move to, 37 million choosing Canada and 31 million France. After that 29 million would choose to move to Saudi Arabia, 28 million to Germany and 26 million to Australia. The research shows that some 10 million people from China, Nigeria and India want to move to the US permanently.

People from Pakistan dream about relocating to Saudi Arabia and the UK and Iranians would prefer to move to Jordan or Lebanon. Gallup says this is not surprising, as Iranians and Pakistanis have some of the lowest US leadership approval ratings in the world. The research also shows the percentage of people in each country who would like to move to the US. Some 37% of Liberians say that they would like to relocate to the US permanently and one in four adults or more in Sierra Leone, the Dominican Republic, and Haiti would also like to do so.

Quote from ExpatForum.com : “My boyfriend is wanting to move from Greece to Wisconsin where I live. We will be living together so he wont need to worry about establishing residents, but what other things do I need to do to help him get over here?”

Three countries with the highest percentages of people who would like to relocate to the US permanently are in Africa, seven are in Central America and the Caribbean, with the remaining country, Cambodia, in Asia. Gallup said it is clear that the US remains the most popular destination in the world for potential migrants. ‘This is likely because of economic opportunities in the country and the established networks of potential migrants,’ a spokesman said.

‘In addition, the US again tied with Germany in 2012 as the country with the highest leadership approval ratings in the world, but when it comes to a desired place to live permanently, no other country compares with the US,’ he added.

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John April 16, 2013 at 1:22 pm

Yes, I can see why so many people want to move to America. It has to be one of the best places in the world to live, if you have the money to make it happen. In some ways, when thinking of tangibles regarding quality of life, you must have the finances to make that happen. This is true no matter in the world you live. Money may not buy a person happiness, but it would definitely improve a person's quality of life. New York and San Francisco may be great places to live, but try doing it on a budget. Won't happen.

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Annie July 22, 2014 at 8:23 pm

LOL yes it is desirable; if you are male….pfffttttttt…..people are dropping their citizenship it is so desirable; leave it to CEO’s, Oligarchy, and GOP, this country will be run by those 3 just like Russia. sheese

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antiking April 17, 2013 at 12:02 am

Are you kidding??? NO WAY!!! Americans are leaving the States in droves. Who wants to live in a Police state, government surveillance,
Government killing innocent children, women and others in various parts of the world, Government lies, taxes upon taxes and so on.
As always, Canada is a puppet of the States…. You people do not know when you are being bamboozled.

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@LauraG65 April 18, 2013 at 10:37 pm

Don't do it!! I am not sure why people would want to move to the U.S. We have no universal healthcare (and no, Obamacare doesn't even come close). We have become a country of feudal overlords and serfs. This country is going down the tubes. Most Americans would probably leave if they could!! Go to our neighbor Canada.

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intersect1433 April 19, 2013 at 12:47 am

I disagree, with all the things going on in the states and taxes really high. I'd rather live in the Philippines or Australia

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