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15 most desired destinations for emigrants

Last updated on: April 27, 2012 09:57 IST

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Which nation is the most desired destination for emigrants worldwide? Well, it is the United States, with 150 million people preferring to move there. 

Out of these, 22 million Chinese and 10 million Indians are eager to move to America permanently, according to a study by Gallup.

The Gallup study states that about 13 per cent of the world's adults or more than 640 million people preferred to leave their countries permanently.

People like the US for the society's openness to immigrants, opportunities to join family members or to start a new business, the Gallup survey said.

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2. United Kingdom

People keen to migrate to UK: 45 million (7%)

Gallup finds that potential migrants aspire to move to countries all over the world, including the United Kingdom, Canada, Saudi Arabia, and the U.S. for the simple reason that they are in search of opportunity.

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3. Canada

People keen to migrate to Canada: 42 million (6%)

Opportunity could mean the chance to join family members who are already in other countries, to start a new business, to express one's views without fear, or to live where children are treated with respect.

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4. France

People keen to migrate to France: 32 million (5%)

According to the Gallup website, the results are based on aggregated telephone and face-to-face interviews with 4,52,199 people, aged 15 and above, in 151 countries and regions during 2009 to 2011.

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5. Saudi Arabia

People keen to migrate to Saudi Arabia: 31 million (5%)

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6. Australia

People keen to migrate to Australia: 26 million (4%)

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7. Germany

People keen to migrate to Germany: 26 million (4%)

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8. Spain

People keen to migrate to Spain: 25 million (4%)

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9. Italy

People keen to migrate to Italy: 18 million (3%)

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10. United Arab Emirates

People keen to migrate to UAE: 13 million (2%)

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11. Japan

People keen to migrate to Japan: 12 million (2 %)

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12. Switzerland

People keen to migrate to Switzerland: 9 million (1 %)

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13. South Africa

People keen to migrate to South Africa: 8 million (1 %)

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14. Russia

People keen to migrate to Russia: 6 million (1 %)

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15. Sweden

People keen to migrate to Sweden: 6 million (1%)



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