6.2 Million Mexicans Want to Move to U.S., Gallup Poll Says

By Melanie Hunter-Omar | June 7, 2010 | 4:01 PM EDT

A member of Los caporales marichi band takes part to a promotional event of the Mexican embassy at the Ellis Park stadium in Johannesburg, Monday, June 7, 2010, ahead of the soccer World Cup tournament which gets underway on June 11. (AP Photo/Guillermo Arias)

(CNSNews.com) – A new poll shows 6.2 million Mexicans would like to move permanently to the United States if they could – almost half the 14 million Mexicans who said they would like to move outside of their native country.
Canada and Spain were listed as the other top destinations that Mexicans cited.
Gallup compiled a list of the top 10 countries by highest projected population of potential migrants who say they would like to move to the United States. That list also includes: China (22.9 million), India (17.1 million), Nigeria (16.6 million), Ethiopia (9.2 million), Bangladesh (7.8 million), Brazil (7.7 million), Philippines (5.8 million), Vietnam (5 million), and Japanese (3.3 million).
Gallup concluded that if all adults worldwide who said they would like to move to another country actually did so, the U.S. could see a net population gain of 60 percent. On the other hand, Mexico could see net population losses as high as 15 percent.
According to Gallup, the survey is considered to be significant, because even though the results show people’s aspirations rather than intentions, it is an important consideration for world leaders who want to proactively manage migration and migrant policy in their countries.
The results were based on telephone and face-to-face interviews with 347,713 adults across multiple administrations of surveys in 148 countries between 2007 and 2009.
The margin of error for 545 Mexican adults who say they would like to move to another country is five percentage points.