14 November 2006

Where to resettle? USA, Australia and Canada come out tops in global poll

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Adults in 20 countries believe three nations would be suitable places to start a new life, according to a poll by Angus Reid Strategies for Maclean’s magazine out ot Canada.

Fourteen per cent of global respondents say they would choose to resettle in the United States.

Australia is second on the list with 12 per cent of all mentions, followed by Canada with 10 per cent. France, Britain and New Zealand tied for fourth place with five per cent, followed by Italy and Switzerland with four per cent, and Germany, the Netherlands and the United Arab Emirates with two per cent.

On May 15, U.S. president George W. Bush discussed the topic of immigration, saying, "We’re a nation of laws, and we must enforce our laws. We’re also a nation of immigrants, and we must uphold that tradition, which has strengthened our country in so many ways. These are not contradictory goals. America can be a lawful society and a welcoming society at the same time. We will fix the problems created by illegal immigration, and we will deliver a system that is secure, orderly, and fair."

In March, the Pew Hispanic Center calculated the number of undocumented immigrants in the United States at somewhere between 11.5 million to 12 million.

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