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Find out what a new survey reveals about migration

A new survey by global research firm Gallup reveals that 700 million people around the globe are aspiring to migrate to other countries in search of a better life. The firm clarifies that their survey asked people who hope to live in another country other than their own instead of having the intention to. It states, “Gallup finds about 16% of the world’s adults would like to move to another country permanently if they had the chance. This translates to roughly 700 million worldwide—more than the entire adult population of North and South America combined.”

Now that’s a lot of migrants if everyone had the chance of relocating. But a more interesting result reads, “The United States is the top desired destination country for the 700 million adults who would like to relocate permanently to another country. Nearly one-quarter (24%) of these respondents, which translates to more than 165 million adults worldwide, name the United States as their desired future residence. With an additional estimated 45 million saying they would like to move to Canada, Northern America is one of the two most desired regions.”

Well if the recession hasn’t scared these people from hoping to migrate, I don’t know what else to convince them to think about New Zealand or Morocco instead. But suppose they can actually hop on a plane and settle here, here’s the good part that’s in store for them:

  • President Obama boasts of a 3.5% economic growth from July to September.
  • The country’s Manufacturing Index improved to 55.7 in October at a 3 and a half year high.
  • Auto sales rebounded by 12 percent last month, recuperating from its September catastrophe.

But not everything’s good news.

  • Unemployment continues to rise and is alarmingly near 10 percent.
  • New home sales fell to 3.6 percent in September.
  • Foreclosure listings junkie RealtyTrac reported 937,840 foreclosed properties in the third quarter, a 5 percent increase QoQ and an increase of nearly 23 percent YoY.

Reading these makes you think that maybe taking any job in Auckland would be much better.

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