New Zealand is a dream migration destination for millions around the globe, and our population could rise by 134 per cent if everyone could choose to live where they wanted, a survey has found.
Gallup's Potential Net Migration Index found people's desire to migrate permanently to other countries had cooled to 13 per cent, but scores of people wanting to move to New Zealand are "still positive and high
Despite a drop from the high of 184 per cent in surveys conducted between 2007 and 2009, New Zealand was still the fifth most popular destination, ahead of Singapore and Canada and just slightly behind Australia and Switzerland
Saudi Arabia, at 218 per cent, and Kuwait, on 198 per cent, were the top two most desired destinations for would-be migrants
In absolute number terms, the United States was the most desired destination, with about 138 million stating they would like to move to America. Nearly 19 million from China, 13 million from Nigeria and 10 million from India wanted to live in the US permanently. The United Kingdom, Canada and France also ranked among the top choice. In Europe, countries hard hit in the Eurozone crisis such as Spain, Italy, Portugal and Greece, had large declines with Greece slipping from 11per cent to negative 8 per cent.