Sunday, July 3, 2005
America: Second or third choice of emigrants.
Where do people in other countries urge young people to go in search of the good life? People from India prefer the United States — but they're the only people among sixteen nations polled by the Pew Global Attitudes Survey who put the U.S. first on their list. How would you have answered?
Poles prefer Britain; Canadians like Australia; Russians and Turks recommend Germany; and Lebanese would rather go to France, Australia, or Canada than the U.S. The British have soured on the nation that declared its independence from them back in 1776, too: While 31% would recommend Australia to emigrants, only 6% picked the United States.
So, dear American readers, let's turn the tables. Here's the question the Pew Survey asked: "Suppose a young person who wanted to leave this country asked you to recommend where to go to lead a good life — what country would you recommend?"
Your choices include several popular destinations in the Pew Survey as well as countries that listed the U.S. relatively high on their lists. ("America: Not Their First Choice," Hannah Fairfield, New York Times 4.3.05, Week in Review, page 2; not online.)
Copyright © 2005 by Philocrites | Posted 3 July 2005 at 11:13 AM