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Gallup: 22 million Chinese people want to migrate to the US, and you?

The latest survey conducted by US research consulting company Gallup showed that 640 million adults in the world would like to leave their home countries permanently. The country the most people hope to migrate to is the United States. Gallup estimates 150 million want to move to the US based on the poll, and that Among those 150 million, 22 million are from China, the country with most people wanting to migrate to the US.

From 2009 to 2011, the company conducted face-to-face and telephone interviews with 452,199 adults in 151 countries, which represents 97% of the world's adult population. All respondents were over the age of 15. The poll found that 13% of adults would like to relocate to other countries forever. Among the potential immigrants, 23% of them chose the US as their first destination, while United Kingdom and Canada took the 2nd and 3rd posts. Nearly 1 in 30 adults in the world want to relocate to the US.

The potential immigrants who said they would like to immigrate to the US mainly come from populous countries including China, Nigeria, and India. However, not all populous countries have large groups of people who would like to relocate to the US. People in Pakistan, Turkey and Thailand are not highly interested in moving to the US.

Opportunity is the main concern for migrants worldwide, which means the chance to join family members who are already in other countries, to start a new business, to express one's viewpoints without fear, or to live where children are treated with respect. The survey said however, comparing with other countries, the US has another attractive feature — 81% of all Americans say their communities are good places for immigrants.

Gallup began the survey on global immigration trends in 2007, when the US was also the most desired destination for potential immigrants in the world.




If possible, do you intend to migrate to the US?

Poll Options ( single choice ) Number of participants 2  

1.  Yes, why not.
2.  Well, it depends.
3.  No, I'll stay in my own country.