Where would everyone live, if given the choice? Singapore, New Zealand and Saudi Arabia would receive population boosts of 219%, 184% and 176% respectively if people were given the freedom to relocate anywhere in the world, according to a Gallup poll.

The USA remains the number one dream destination for the world’s would-be emigrants, though its population of 300 million puts it only 14th on the percentage list. Unsurprisingly, economic and lifestyle conditions make the survey results fairly predictable with Haiti and poorer African nations hypothetically losing half their populations to open borders. Somewhat more surprisingly, 800,000 of Switerland’s six million would leave their safe and wealthy homeland, though they might not be missed with a subsequent influx of 10 million from elsewhere.

Gallup researchers interviewed nearly 350,000 adults in 148 countries between 2007 and 2010 to determine a ‘net migration’ score for each country.

source & article: AFP via Straits Times

full poll details: Gallup.com