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Why Do 700 Million Want to Emigrate?

February 18, 2010

Gallup has released some more research about those 700 million who wish to emigrate. This round focuses on reasons for wanting to leave, again and unfortunately, asking why they would permanently leave, instead of also asking if they would prefer to boomerang in and out.

Courtesy Gallup

Gallup concludes:

Factors that fuel the desire to leave one’s country vary by country, region, and human development level, but a common theme is opportunity — whether it is the chance to reunite with family members who are already abroad, to start a new business, to feel free to express one’s views without fear, or to live where children are treated with respect.


  1. Peter St. Onge permalink
    February 24, 2010 4:19 pm

    Rather than “reasons for wanting to emigrate,” these appear to be either factors making a move less costly (in-country support) or sources of inspiration (relative lived abroad).

    It’d be fun to read what respondents’ main complaints about home are: corruption, wages, etc.

    • Mike Gibson permalink*
      February 24, 2010 5:58 pm

      Yeah, it’s scant information here, but I suppose it’s better than nothing.

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