Posted on June 9, 2010

6.2 Million Mexicans Want to Move to U.S., Gallup Poll Says

Melanie Hunter-Omar, Cybercast News Service, June 7, 2010

A new poll shows 6.2 million Mexicans would like to move permanently to the United States if they could–almost half the 14 million Mexicans who said they would like to move outside of their native country.

Canada and Spain were listed as the other top destinations that Mexicans cited.

Gallup compiled a list of the top 10 countries by highest projected population of potential migrants who say they would like to move to the United States. That list also includes: China (22.9 million), India (17.1 million), Nigeria (16.6 million), Ethiopia (9.2 million), Bangladesh (7.8 million), Brazil (7.7 million), Philippines (5.8 million), Vietnam (5 million), and Japanese (3.3 million).

Gallup concluded that if all adults worldwide who said they would like to move to another country actually did so, the U.S. could see a net population gain of 60 percent. On the other hand, Mexico could see net population losses as high as 15 percent.