The migrant’s dilemma

Where would people end up if there were no barriers to movement?

The folks at Gallup, who recently produced some interesting figures on the large number of people from developing countries who  would like to permanently emigrate, have followed up with new data on where people would like to move to.

Using their survey data to predict the proportion of the population who would move if all barriers were dropped, they constructed net migration indices, basically showing the increase/decrease in adult population which would result if everyone got their wish. For example, below we have the top gainers (in percentage terms):

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