A new Gallup poll revealed that roughly 13 percent of the world’s adult population (630 million people) would like to permanently immigrate to another country. Of those, 138 million chose the U.S., making it the most popular destination. The U.K. came in second with 42 million choosing it, and Canada was third at 37 million.
The number of U.S. immigration hopefuls was spread across many nations, but the most came from China (19 million), the second most from Nigeria (13 million), and the third most from India (10 million). Surprisingly, in countries like Liberia, Sierra Leone, the Dominican Republic, and Haiti, from one-quarter to one-third of the adult population would like to move to the U.S. The countries with the highest percentage of U.S. hopefuls in their population were primarily African, Central American, and Caribbean nations.
America was not the most popular destination for all nationalities, however. Pakistanis predominantly chose Saudi Arabia or the U.K to permanently move to, and Iranians chose Jordan or Lebanon.