The polling organization found that 14 percent of the world’s adults would be interested in migrating to another country if they could. That is down from the 16 percent of adults with the same desire in 2007.
Perhaps these declines are signs of improving economic and political conditions in the developing world. Gallup’s analysts, however, suggest that instead the trends may be explained by greater economic uncertainty worldwide, which would make emigration riskier than usual.
For those who did say they wanted to leave their homelands, the most desirable country to move to is the United States, where about a quarter of emigrant-wannabes would choose to land. The next most pined-for destinations are the United Kingdom and Canada. The top non-Western destination, a few places down, is Saudi Arabia.