Seven Countries Sending the Most People to America

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7. Philippines
> Adults looking to move to U.S.: 4 million
> Total population: 105.72 million (12th highest)
> Pct. of adults looking to move: 7.3%
> Pct. living on less than $1 a day:
3.72% (57th lowest)
> Pct. approving of U.S. leadership: 64% (27th highest)

Of those in the Philippines looking to immigrate, 4 million would like their new home to be the United States. Many people from the Philippines already have made the move to the U.S., likely contributing to the desire for more to make the move. As of 2011, more than 1.8 million people currently living in the U.S. were born in the Philippines, according to the Census Bureau. Of that, nearly 45% of them live in California, while another 6.2% live in Hawaii. In addition, support for U.S. leadership is high among Filipinos — 64% support U.S. leadership, while 24% disapprove.

6. Mexico
> Adults looking to move to U.S.: 5 million
> Total population: 116.22 million (11th highest)
> Pct. of adults looking to move: 5.7%
> Pct. living on less than $1 a day: 0.34% (30th lowest)
> Pct. approving of U.S. leadership: 37% (52nd lowest)

Approximately 5 million adult residents from Mexico would like to move to the United States. According to Gallup’s Jon Clifton, the geographical proximity of the U.S. to Mexico is a major draw, as are the economic opportunities available in the county. In addition, those who wish to move to the U.S. often have a network of family and friends who help facilitate the move. Beginning in the 1970s, a large wave of immigrants from Mexico came to the U.S. They now comprise about 30% of all immigrants and nearly 4% of the entire U.S. population. However, a report by the Pew Research Center in 2012 indicated that the trend has reached a standstill and maybe even be reversing. According to Pew, this change is likely due to factors such as a weakened U.S. economy and the increased danger of crossing the U.S. Mexico border illegally.

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5. Bangladesh
> Adults looking to move to U.S: 6 million
> Total population: 163.65 million (8th highest)
> Pct. of adults looking to move: 5.9%
> Pct. living on less than $1 a day:
11.17% (32nd highest)
> Pct. approving of U.S. leadership: 37% (53rd lowest)

Approximately 6 million people in Bangladesh would like to move to the United States, representing roughly 5.9% of that country’s adult population. Living standards in Bangladesh are significantly lower than in the U.S. More than 11% of the population lives on less than $1 a day, a higher percentage than the vast majority of countries worldwide and worse than all countries on our list except Nigeria. Bangladesh’s GDP per capita was just $1,909 in 2011, compared to $48,328 in the U.S. According to the United Nations, only 56% of the country’s population over the age of 15 is considered literate, lower than all but a handful of countries worldwide. As of 2011, there were 184,000 people in the U.S. who were born in Bangladesh.

4. Brazil
> Adults looking to move to U.S.: 6 million
> Total population: 201.01 million (5th largest)
> Pct. of adults looking to move: Less than 5%
> Pct. living on less than $1 a day: 3.62% (56th highest)
> Pct. approving of U.S. leadership: 34% (45th lowest)

In Brazil, 6 million would like to immigrate to the United States, more than all but three other countries. In recent years, growth in Brazil has slowed significantly — GDP grew less than 1% in 2012, compared to 2.7% in 2011 and 7.5% in 2010. Brazil’s Labor Ministry indicated that while unemployment in the country is still below 5%, job growth was the worst in 2012 in at least a decade. GDP per capita in the South American country was $11,769, less than a quarter of that of the U.S. Nevertheless, 58.7% of residents are considered by Gallup to be thriving, more than the U.S.’s 56.2%.