Posted on March 22, 2013

Could West Africa Be the Next Big Source of American Immigrants?

Joshua Keating, Foreign Policy, March 21, 2013

new Gallup poll, taken in 154 countries, finds that around 13 percent of the world’s adults say they would like to move to another country–the United States is the top desired destination with a projected 138 million people willing to move to the country. Britain, Canada, France, and Saudi Arabia come next.

The survey also ranks countries by percentage of population who would like to move to the United States, finding extraordinarily high numbers from Liberia and Sierra Leone. Guinea also cracks the top 11. Along with Cambodia, these are the only non-Latin American countries on the list:


Of course, these are relatively small countries. The estimated 1.5 million or so Liberians who would want to move to the United States if they could are dwarfed by the 19 million Chinese who want to. But when you look at the raw numbers, Nigeria comes out extremely high, along with Ghana: