Thursday, November 12, 2009

Who wants to leave, to stay - net results by country

My thanks to demography.matters for his one.

Gallup did a large survey of where people would like to live covering 136 countries. The US came in number one. However, they also took into account people in individual countries who wanted to leave those countries and then expressed the net results in terms of the size of the countries' population. This dropped the US to number twelve.

So what does this mean? Well, if everybody could move freely, the top five countries measure in terms of the resulting increase in the country population compare to now are:

  • Singapore + 260%
  • Saudi Arabia + 180%
  • New Zealand + 175%
  • Canada + 170%
  • Australia + 145%.

The five countries that would lose most people would be:

  • Congo (Kinshasa) - 60%
  • Sierra Leone - 55%
  • Zimbabwe - 55%
  • Haiti - 50%
  • El Salvador - 50%.

In terms of countries in Australia's immediate region, we find

  • Malaysia +25%
  • Japan +5%
  • India, Indonesia and China all - 5%

There are all sorts of problems with the numbers, of course. Still, its interesting.

You can find all the results here.

Postscript: I see that Geoff Robinson has posted on this as well.

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