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Coming to America

General Ideas

Nearly 150 million people — or 4% of the world’s adult population — would move to the U.S. if they could. That figure is larger than the next four most popular destinations combined. If everyone who wanted to move to the U.S. had their way, the country’s total population would increase by almost 50%.

Top Desired Destinations for Potential Migrants
in millions
United States 147
Germany 39
Canada 36
United Kingdom 35
France 32
Australia 30
Saudi Arabia 25
Spain 20
Italy 15
Switzerland 13
Gallup World Poll

As many as 37 million people in Latin America would like to relocate to the U.S. permanently, making it the region where a move to the U.S. is most popular. Approximately one-third of all Dominicans and Hondurans want to become Americans.

Countries Where People Want to Move to the U.S.
Dominican Republic 34
Liberia 33
Honduras 30
Sierra Leone 28
Haiti 28
El Salvador 24
Ghana 19
Guatemala 17
Jamaica 16
Ethiopia 15
Gallup World Poll

Not surprisingly, the countries with the world’s largest populations, such as China and India, have the greatest numbers of people who want to become Americans. But their overall percentages remain small: Only 1% to 2% of people in those countries want to move to the U.S.

But not all large countries have millions of people eager to move here. Two notable examples are Pakistan and Russia, and politics may be why people in these countries don’t want to move to the U.S. Those countries dislike U.S. leadership more than almost every other country in the world. On the other hand, Russians may just really like living in Russia — they are among the least likely people in the world to want to move away from their country.

Countries With Most People Who Want to Move to the U.S.
in millions
China 16
India 15
Brazil 11
Ethiopia 8
Nigeria 7
Mexico 7
Bangladesh 5
Philippines 3
Japan 3
Congo (Kinshasa) 3
Gallup World Poll

People who want to move to the U.S. — as with potential migrants to other popular destinations — are far younger and better educated than their compatriots who don’t want to leave their country. Fifty-six percent of all people who want to move to the U.S. are between the ages of 15 to 29 — far more than the general youth populations who want to remain home (31%). Almost 60% of them have between nine and 15 years of education (compared with 43% who want to remain), and 10% have completed more than that (compared with 9% who want to remain). These people are also attracted to the U.S. and other popular destinations for similar reasons.

The main draws to America appear to be two things: People know someone living here or they are looking for a good job.

America’s popularity might also be because of its receptivity to migrants. Eight in 10 Americans say where they live is a good place for immigrants. Out of 140 countries surveyed, only 16 other countries best the U.S. on this metric. In fact, 71% of Americans think immigration is a good thing for the country, and 24% of Americans want immigration increasedup from 6% in the 1990s.

America remains unusually attractive to people from all over the world — in a way to which no other country compares. As Americans celebrate the Fourth of July, these data remind us that the world continues to see this country as a very special place — one where 150 million more people would like to move if they could.

Survey Methods

Results are based on telephone and face-to-face interviews with nearly 590,000 adults, aged 15 and older, in 156 countries from 2013 to 2016. The 156 countries surveyed are home to 98% of the world’s population.

For most countries, aggregated sample sizes (across multiple years of surveys) range between 3,000 and 6,000 interviews. A total of 12,000 interviews were conducted in India, 17,578 in China and 8,000 in Russia.

Gallup World Poll questions:

Ideally, if you had the opportunity, would you like to move permanently to another country, or would you prefer to continue living in this country?

(If “would like to move permanently to another country”) To which country would you like to move? [open-ended, one response allowed]

For more complete methodology and specific survey dates, please review Gallup’s Country Data Set details.

78 Comments on "Coming to America"

  1. Davy on Sat, 1st Jul 2017 7:09 am 

    Makati, why not ask yourself about Asia. They can’t feed themselves with anything and cover their 4.5BIL. The US will manage better than your Asia. Numbers don’t lie like the lie you live in. Try again.

  2. Makati1 on Sat, 1st Jul 2017 7:11 am 

    “Critics, including the U.S. Government Accountability Office, say the FDA is simply not up to the task of ensuring the safety of food imports, which are entering this country in ever-growing numbers. The FDA expects 24 million shipments of FDA-regulated goods to pass through the nation’s ports of entry this year, up from 6 million a decade ago.” Food imports still growing.

    ” In addition, a growing share of U.S. imports can be attributed to intra-industry trade, whereby agricultural-processing industries based in the United States carry out certain processing steps offshore and import products at different levels of processing from their subsidiaries in foreign markets.” Offshoring even food. LOL,%20by%20food%20group

    “In the United States, the amount of imported food continues to increase as Americans consume more products that are either not locally available or not grown fast enough to meet demand. The United States imports a wide variety of foods, including fish and shellfish, fruits and nuts, vegetables and red meat. Because of cheaper labor costs overseas, it is sometimes less expensive to buy an imported apple than one grown here at home.” The Serfs will soon stop buying…

    “The United States imports billions of dollars worth of seafood from China each year, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Farm-raised seafood such as tilapia, shrimp, salmon and catfish is shipped directly from China. Other imported foods in this category include grouper, haddock, whiting fish, red bream, squid, flounder, Atlantic cod, crab and lobster. … Imports of fresh fruits and nuts steadily increase each year, with Costa Rica and Mexico being the top suppliers, followed closely by China.” Interesting! LOL

    Stop the food imports Americans and live off of your own farms and land for a change. Oh, and when you do, your food bill will go back to the norm of 1/3 of your income, or more, like the days before imports.

  3. Cloggie on Sat, 1st Jul 2017 7:12 am 

    For the coming two-three months my lunch will consist of cheap but tasty cherries, two boxes of 500 gram each for 2 euro each:

    One box per lunch.

    The cherries are from Greece.


  4. Davy on Sat, 1st Jul 2017 7:14 am 

    “BTW: The U$ imports over 1,200,000 TONs of coffee every year. Does that sound like a luxury item? Or chocolate at 1,240,000 TONs annually or even bananas at 3,800,000+ TONs annually.”

    Now the dumbass says coffee is a requirement for a healthy diet???????? Makati give it up you are looking stupider the harder you argue a lame point.

  5. Davy on Sat, 1st Jul 2017 7:16 am 

    We don’t need sea food makati like your hungry asia. We have beef.

  6. Makati1 on Sat, 1st Jul 2017 7:21 am 

    Davy, you sure have a deep rut worn into your thinking about Asia. You have sucked up too much of that government Koolaid. Maybe you need to come over here and see reality for yourself. Nah! Americans cannot accept that they live in one of the worse areas of the world now, and it is of their own making. Insanity and chaos is becoming the norm there. And the debt anchor is pulling the whole shooting match down to the lowest levels possible.

    Do you pay attention to the climate news that Ap posts? Do you realize that America is losing its ability to support itself in any reasonable way? Nope, you just ignore it and write long, bloviating comments that say nothing. You keep on waving that bloodstained, corporate flag as the empire comes to its well earned end. So be it.

  7. Cloggie on Sat, 1st Jul 2017 7:22 am 

    BTW: The U$ imports over 1,200,000 TONs of coffee every year. Does that sound like a luxury item? Or chocolate at 1,240,000 TONs annually or even bananas at 3,800,000+ TONs annually.

    Holland has always been a coffee-country. We got the beans from Java in the Dutch East Indies, currently sometimes misspelled as “Indonesia”.
    (Thanks Roosevelt.NOT)

    Chocolate was a luxury item during my youth. I could only hope for a chocolate letter…

    …during the children’s party Sinterklaas (in America sometimes misspelled as “Santaclaus”). Here a Dutch depiction of Sinterklaas from 1750:

    Regarding fruit… in my youth during the sixties apples and oranges were the norm, banana’s and pineapples were very rare, cherries and strawberries likewise.

    Now in our “collapsing economy” (ROFL) I can eat as much of any fruit imaginable, provided I have time in between shopping the latest iPad.

  8. Makati1 on Sat, 1st Jul 2017 7:30 am 

    Davy, you have beef now. But that too is going to end. Wait and see.

    How much feed does it take to grow a steer? Acres of pasture that gets the right amount of rain and sun at the right times, no droughts, no long, sub freezing winters, plenty of water. No new diseases. Yep, ask any long time farmer what can go wrong with the best lad plans. Mother nature does not give a damn who you or your parents are. She is the perfect equal opportunity destroyer.

    You say you do not need … but that is bullshit. Those calories have to be provided some way and if not fish then by more veggies as beef will be too expensive for most Americans soon. When Asia stops exporting food, the U$ will be in a world of hurt. Not to mention the other Asian exports needed by Americans. The U$ is not independent, as you are all soon to find out.

  9. Davy on Sat, 1st Jul 2017 7:31 am 

    Makati, are you going to call the fact of 4.5BIL Asians more government Kool-Aid? LMFAO. Numbers don’t lie makati. Do I pay attention to you digital lover Ap? I know as much as your digital lover knows about climate change and more balanced about it. You are an extremist who can’t admit you are ranked at the top of climate change dangers and that is out of your digital lovers mouth. I have referenced this multiple times for you but you ignore bad news even from your loving Ap.

  10. Cloggie on Sat, 1st Jul 2017 7:33 am 

    Do you pay attention to the climate news that Ap posts?

    TalmudTurk is an idiot with a political agenda of global governance (21st century “communism”), for which he needs to paint climate change in the most catastrophic way imaginable.

    He will go as far as using his flooded kitchen sink as proof for catastrophic climate change.

    I wouldn’t be surprised if his Kehila Society in Richmond has ordered him to flood this board with this climate extremism.

  11. Makati1 on Sat, 1st Jul 2017 7:35 am 

    Cloggie, you may not consume coffee, but one of the articles I read said that the Netherlands is the largest consumer of coffee, per capita, in the world. I also like my cup in the morning and there are coffee trees growing on the farm to take care of that habit. Ditto for chocolate, bananas and pineapples.

    I too grew up before globalization and ate only fruits and veggies in season. Home canning was a summer chore as we canned fruits and veggies for winter consumption. Few of those under 60 would remember those days.

  12. Davy on Sat, 1st Jul 2017 7:37 am 

    This is fun makati. You look more stupid by the comment. You do realize the South China Sea is nearing collapse. So much for your staple of fish and rice LOL. I will have beef long after your fish and rice is gone. You will be back to the US with your tail between your legs humbled by failure. You family will reluctantly take you in because it is the right thing to do. Americans are like that as individuals. Our government may be evil but the people are good.

  13. Davy on Sat, 1st Jul 2017 7:42 am 

    “I also like my cup in the morning and there are coffee trees growing on (my fantasy farm of 5 acres)(that I am never at) to take care of that habit. Ditto for chocolate, bananas and pineapples.”

    Makati, dumbass, do you realize how many beans it takes to satisfy your coffee habit. Do you realize what it takes to make a chocolate bar..(I am laughing my f’ing ass off). LOLOLO

  14. Cloggie on Sat, 1st Jul 2017 7:52 am 

    Cloggie, you may not consume coffee, but one of the articles I read said that the Netherlands is the largest consumer of coffee, per capita, in the world.

    Never said I do not drink coffee. I am the total coffee junk, like all Dutch. Until recently I drank 5 250 ml mugs per day, but have scaled back to three 6 weeks ago, as a part of an intensive weight loss program. The cream in the coffee contributes heavily to the daily fat intake. Started running in the woods for an hour every day again and since May 22 have lost 6 kilo from 100 back to 94. Will continue for at least the month of July to below 90 and have my BMI back to an acceptable value for a 190 cm early sixties guy.

  15. Apneaman on Sat, 1st Jul 2017 11:23 am 

    clog, I B confused, I thought you said you were only going to call me a communist on even calendar days and on odd days you were going to stick with calling me a misanthrope and nihilist who don’t care about anything?

    Actually, I do have an agenda, but it’s not political. My agenda is to continue to rub your nose into the big steaming pile of reality the same way I would rub a puppy’s nose in his own shit on the living room rug. The only difference is I don’t like doing it to the puppy.

    Europe’s extreme June heat clearly linked to climate change, research shows

    Heatwaves that saw deadly forest fires in Portugal and soaring temperatures in England were made up to 10 times more likely by global warming, say scientists

    Heat plagues southeastern Europe
    Extreme temperatures shift east, bringing a brutal heatwave to the Balkans.

    Hurry clog and catch the next flight to Constantinople so you can join your Speedo wearing Turk boyfriends on the beach at your favorite Muslim vacation destination.

    Locals flock to seaside as record heat wave hits Istanbul

    “ISTANBUL, July 1 (Xinhua) — A record heat wave from North Africa pushed the temperature in Istanbul to more than 40 degrees Celsius on Saturday, while city officials said it felt like 45 degrees.”

  16. Cloggie on Sat, 1st Jul 2017 1:03 pm 

    Warmest Summer ever in The Netherlands: 1947

    I’m sure apneaman will talk himself out of it.

    And since he is not entirely up to speed with logical fallacies, although he considers it his core strength, here some benevolent support from my side to help him a little:

  17. Sissyfuss on Sat, 1st Jul 2017 1:48 pm 

    Clogtropy,seems you’re cherry picking more than you’re cherry eating.

  18. Apneaman on Sat, 1st Jul 2017 2:06 pm 

    clog, which part of “global” do you not understand?

    clog what percentage of the globe does the Netherlands account for?

    So you have a list of logical fallacies? So fucking what? That’s like accusing me of being a criminal then as evidence providing a list to every crime on the books. No proof at all. More than a little vague. What specific logical fallacy are you accusing me of falling prey to? Present the fallacy and then your evidence/example of me falling prey to it. Tap tap tap (foot) we’re waiting.

    2014 Record, broken by 2015 Record, broken by 2016 Record.

    2016 Was the Hottest Year on Record

    Both NASA and NOAA declare that our planet is experiencing record-breaking warming for the third year in a row

    When 2017 comes in as slightly less hot than 2016 all the denier tards like clog will claim it as proof of an approaching ice age.

  19. Apneaman on Sat, 1st Jul 2017 2:10 pm 

    You can always tell when clog is getting real desperate because he provides links to sites in barbarian language. French or English or fuck off retard.

  20. Apneaman on Sat, 1st Jul 2017 3:26 pm 

    clog, it’s a special day in the Great White North (a family obligation for me). A day certain humans celebrate their agreed upon fiction. Apparently, many of the Dutch are grateful for the gift of their freedom or at least for not having to goose step or end up in the gulag.

    From Netherlands: With Canada being our saviour, enjoy this special day, brothers! Hail Canada!

    Liberation Day (Netherlands)

    “The nation was liberated largely by the First Canadian Army..”

    May 5, 2016 12:19 pm

    On this day 71 years ago, Canada liberated the Netherlands

    Glorious Dutch gratitude

    “Every year, the Dutch royal family sends 10,000 tulip bulbs to Ottawa and the same amount is sent annually by the Dutch Bulb Growers Association. The tradition began in 1945, when the people of the Netherlands sent 100,000 hand-picked tulip bulbs to thank Canadian soldiers for the role they played in the liberation of the Netherlands in World War II.”

    Play junk revisionist historian all you want, but it will do you no good. Holland will be honoring Canada long after you’re worm food.

    I don’t care about any of this, not for years now, but you do ……chaps your ass big time old man.

    Happy Canada Day clog.

  21. Cloggie on Sat, 1st Jul 2017 5:00 pm 

    Apparently, many of the Dutch are grateful for the gift of their freedom or at least for not having to goose step or end up in the gulag.

    You f* idiot, you seem to have “forgotten” that you were the allies of these gulag exploiters, the Soviets, the largest criminals in world history. You made Eastern Europe safe for communism and the Gulag.

    Play junk revisionist historian all you want, but it will do you no good. Holland will be honoring Canada long after you’re worm food.

    You think so? The largest Dutch blog and fiercely anti-immigration published a list today of countries that need to be abolished:

    #3: United States

    Germany and Russia may continue to exist.

    It is a joke of course, but it clearly shows that the stature of America is at an all-time low. America, that’s associated with third world cities, jungle rap, leftists, political correctness and general decay.

    As I have explained to you many times before, the Netherlands were not liberated but added to the US kosher empire, after the Americans were gradually colonized themselves between 1900-1933 and after 1941 were used via an engineered Pearl Harbor event to cross the Atlantic and go fetch Europe for the Jews. You might like that, but I don’t. The only reason why the Germans invaded on May 10 1940, was not to conquer Holland, but because one month earlier the Dutch PM had traveled to London and given in to British and French pressure to allow overpass to French and British troops, so they could attack the German industrial heart, the Ruhr area.

    NYT May 10, 1940 inadvertently tells the truth:

    Von Ribbentrop was entirely correct.

    Once larger parts of the Dutch population begin to understand what really happened, one can doubt if they will continue to honor these Canadian tin soldiers, in 1944 totally owned by London.

    Today former world leaders were assembled in Strassbourg to pay the last respect to Helmut Kohl. Also present was Russian PM Medvedev. He reaped what is official Russian state policy: Russia is a member of the European House; this SCO-alliance was merely born out of necessity, but it is not where Russia wants to be:

    He recalled that Since Russia has been “an integral part” of a United Europe.

    You can make as much fun as you want, but the Europe of the Fatherlands is coming, including Russia.

  22. DerHundistlos on Sat, 1st Jul 2017 10:03 pm 


    Check out this excellent site. The writer has done extensive research that despels many myths about WW II:

  23. Apneaman on Sat, 1st Jul 2017 11:25 pm 

    clog I wasn’t even born, nor were my parents yet, so how can the unborn of the unborn have allies? You just don’t think these things through do ya?

    hey clog, take a look at the happy picture in this article and tell me if your mom is in it.

    Liberation of the Netherlands

    ” In the final months of the Second World War, Canadian forces were given the important and deadly task of liberating the Netherlands from Nazi occupation. From September 1944 to April 1945, the First Canadian Army fought German forces on the Scheldt estuary — opening the port of Antwerp for Allied use — and then cleared northern and western Netherlands of Germans, allowing food and other relief to reach millions of desperate people. Today, Canada is fondly remembered by the Dutch for ending their oppression under the Nazis.”

  24. Makati1 on Sun, 2nd Jul 2017 1:32 am 

    Ah Davy, showing your ignorance once again. The farm is larger than five acres, much larger. And as for the number of beans to make coffee … yep, my grandmother bought roasted beans by the pound when she shopped in the 50s and here, we still buy roasted beans by the kilo and grind them for fresh coffee. We have plenty of trees for that purpose. I can have my morning coffee as long as I want. Can you? And chocolate is a local product from local cacao beans also. You cannot say the same. So, you can pretend to know, but I do, from experience.

    BTW: Last time I looked, the trees were growing quite well and do not require resident farmers to grow and produce, just time. Which is why they were planted years ago. It’s called planing ahead. We just planted a dozen date palms also which will take 6-7 years to fruit. Coconuts are weed trees, but we will never starve. No machinery, oily fuels or chemicals required. Permaculture, not corporate farming.

  25. Cloggie on Sun, 2nd Jul 2017 3:34 am 

    Liberation of the Netherlands

    Note that the TalmudTurk invests zero effort in trying to refute what I have said in my post of “1st Jul 2017 5:00 pm”. Which basically means he can’t, because he knows it to be the truth.

    WW2 was in essence the conspiracy between Roosevelt, Stalin and the British war party around Churchill, originating from the mid-thirties, who were determined to create a war in Europe between the WW1 Versailles contestants and take Europe over as a result.

    The Polish War Guarantee, Britain and France were pushed into by US diplomats, as well as the US encouraging Polish maximal demands against the Germans, because the Poles supposedly were protected by the British, French and Americans, were enough to get the desired war in Europe started, desired by the Americans and Soviets that is.

    For the details:

    @DerHundIstLos – not sure what your point is, but I don’t care about WW2 battles, or how intelligence agencies tricked each other. I only care about the diplomatic level and why the war came about and who wanted this war and about secret correspondence between the leaders involved.

    If you really want to understand what happened on the diplomatic level, you only have to invest 10 minutes in reading this, which will shatter everything you thought you knew about WW2, at least if you are open for the truth:

    DerHundIstLos is a left-leaning American, but underneath that American identity there is still a latent German identity brewing, causing some sympathy for the plight of the Germans, his ancestors.

  26. DerHundistlos on Sun, 2nd Jul 2017 5:12 am 


    The last time I send information of potential interest your way. Thought you were interested in iconoclastic historical information, but you have shown yourself to be a (fill in the blank). Bye bye.

  27. Davy on Sun, 2nd Jul 2017 5:23 am 

    Makati, I don’t need coffee to survive do you? How do we know what your fantasy farm has? It is a fantasy so it can be any of a number of things. I am pretty sure you don’t have enough coffee beans to supply your habit very long. Makati, to be a farmer you have to farm. Tapping on your computer on the 27th floor of an apartment block above 20MIL people is not farming.

  28. Cloggie on Sun, 2nd Jul 2017 5:26 am 

    Bye bye.

    That’s difficult on a forum. You don’t want to know how many times makati, against whom I have absolutely zero ill will, has put me on the ignore

    Don’t know why you are so touchy, I explained where my main interest is. Thanks for the link anyway.

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