MANILA, Mar 26 (Mabuhay) – Amid the challenges facing the U.S. economy, it seems many Filipinos still think of it as the land of milk and honey.
A survey done by U.S.-based Gallup showed that 4 million Filipino adults want to leave the Philippines and move permanently to the U.S. The Philippines is on the top ten list of countries where migrants would likely come, next to China, Nigeria, India, Brazil, Bangladesh, and Mexico.
“Potential migrants who would like to the U.S. are logically the most likely to come from some of the most populous countries in the world,” the think tank said.
US remains the top desired destination for potential migrants. This was followed by United Kingdom, Canada, France, Saudi Arabia, Germany and Australia.
“The US remains the most popular destination in the world for potential migrants. This is likely because of economic opportunities in the country and the established networks of potential migrants,” Gallup said.
It also stressed that US is still “the country with the highest leadership approval ratings in the world,” which greatly attract migrants.
The findings are based on a rolling average of results from the interviews between 2010 and 2012. 154 countries were taken as samples, representing too the “98% of the world’s adult population.” (MNS)