Immigration Reform: Who dreams of coming to America?
Who still wants to come?
That’s today’s question and reflects the popular image of immigration as a veritable flood of people from around the world who would move to America if they could.
First, is that image accurate? Do millions of people around the world dream of coming to America?
Gallup’s worldwide survey of 154 nations found: About 13 percent of the world’s adult population would like to move permanently to another country. That’s about 630 million who would like to emigrate.
What’s the Number One preferred destination? Yes, it is the United States. An estimated 138 million adults would like to move permanently to America. That’s equal to 44 percent of the current population of the United States.
But the U.S. is not the only dream destination: Other favored destinations include the United Kingdom, Canada, France, Saudi Arabia, Germany and Australia.
In raw numbers, China, Nigeria, India, and Brazil would be the biggest “suppliers” of migrants to the United States. Gallup estimates that 48 million people from these four nations would like to relocate permanently to America.
There are four countries where 25 percent or more of the total adult population would like to move here permanently. Over one-third (37 percent ) of adults in Liberia would like to move to the United States, 30 percent of adults in Sierra Leone, 28 percent of adults in Dominican Republic, and 25 percent from Haiti.
Are you surprised by these findings?
Does this information shape your views on immigration reform?
What’s your story of immigration?