By Neli Esipova, Anita Pugliese and Julie Ray of the Gallup World Poll
After the migrant crisis swept Europe in 2015, migration emerged as a dominant, divisive issue not only in European politics, where anti-migrant parties gained power, but also in politics elsewhere around the world.
This includes the U.S., where President Donald Trump’s demand for funding for a border wall with Mexico could lead to a partial government shutdown yet this year.
Instead of any of this acting as a deterrent, Gallup World Poll surveys find people’s desire to migrate permanently to another country actually increased between 2015 and 2017.
The one in six Americans (16%) in 2017 who said they would like to move to another country is the highest measure to date.