More Than 750 Million Worldwide Would Migrate If They Could

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.

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About Radnor Reports

Ken Feltman is past-president of the International Association of Political Consultants and the American League of Lobbyists. He is retired chairman of Radnor Inc., an international political consulting and government relations firm in Washington, D.C. Known as a coalition builder, he has participated in election campaigns and legislative efforts in the United States and several other countries.
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