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Millions worldwide want to become expats, global survey shows

by Ray Clancy on June 29, 2011

Immigrants choose US over other countries

About 630 million people in the world would move permanently to another country if they had a chance with the United States the most desirable destination by a long way, a global poll shows.

That though was less than a year ago when more than 700 million wanted to emigrate, a drop of 16%, according to the latest findings from Gallup based on interviews with 401,490 adults in 146 countries between 2008 and 2010. The 146 countries represent more than 93% of the world’s adult population.

The desire to move was mostly in the developing world, with the largest drop in sub-Saharan Africa. Residents in this region remain the most likely worldwide to express a desire to migrate permanently, with 33% of adults saying they would like to move, but this is down from 38% in earlier polling. [click to continue…]

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