U.S. Top Destination For Migrants


PRINCETON, N.J., (UPI) — The United States is the top destination for people looking to leave their home countries and move somewhere else permanently, a Gallup poll found.

About 13 percent of the world’s population, some 630 million people, said they would like to leave their countries to live somewhere else, Gallup said in a report released Thursday.

Of those people, 138 million would like to move to the United States, the poll, conducted between 2010 and 2012, found.

Other desired destinations for potential migrants were the United Kingdom, Canada, and France.

Liberia had the highest number of citizens who said they wanted to leave the country for the United States — 37 percent — followed by Sierra Leone with 30 percent and the Dominican Republic with 28 percent.

Gallup interviewed 501,366 adults in 154 countries between 2010 and 2012. The results of the survey were projected numbers based on percentages of people who said they would like to move out of their home countries.

Gallup said the survey had a margin of error of plus or minus less than one percentage point.

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