Poll: 158 Million People Want to Migrate to the United States, the Most Popular Destination
Despite President Trump's tough rhetoric on immigration and his push for stricter immigration laws, the United States is still by far the top choice for would-be migrants, according to a new Gallup World poll.
In the worldwide survey, Gallup found that 15 percent of the world's adults, or 758 million, want to move, most for jobs.
The U.S. ranked as the number one destination for potential migrants, with 21 percent, or 158 million adults, saying they would like to move to the U.S.
Other top choices were Canada (47 million), Germany (42 million), France (36 million), Australia (36 million) and the United Kingdom (34 million).
“While this increase in the desire to migrate may set off alarms among those who would like to see fewer people on the move, Gallup typically finds that the percentage of those who have plans to move is much lower than the percentage who would like to move,” the pollster said.
The Gallup World Poll is based on interviews with 453,122 adults in 152 countries conducted over a three-year period from 2015-2017, and released Monday.
On "Fox & Friends" Tuesday, Peter Lumaj, a Republican strategist and attorney who was born and raised in communist Albania, said it's understandable why people want to live the American Dream, but they must go through the proper legal process.
"I don't believe that anybody should force themselves into the United States. What we're seeing right now at the southern border, actually I do support the president," Lumaj said. "I did benefit from the immigration laws that we have over here, my family benefited from that, but we did it the right way. And we expect people to do it the right way."
He said the issue with the many of the people who want to come to America is they don't intend to embrace American values.
"People are coming to the United States to benefit or to take advantage of what we offer them," Lumaj said. "Years ago, there was an intent for people to come over here to become Americans. We're missing that part now."
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