December 11, 2007

Countries that Say Life Better for Immigrants in U.S.

35 of 47

Majorities or pluralities in 35 of 47 nations say that people who move to the United States have a better life there.

Despite the decline in America’s image over the last few years, many people throughout the world — including majorities or pluralities in 35 of 47covered in the most recent Pew Global Attitudes Survey, say that people who move to the United States have a better life there than in the country from which they emigrated; in no country does a majority say emigrants to the U.S. have a worse life. When asked whether people who come to the U.S. from other countries have a better life here, Americans overwhelmingly say yes: 82% believe immigrants enjoy a better life in the U.S. The perception that America provides good opportunities for emigrants is common even in countries where U.S. favorability is low or has dipped in recent years. In Morocco, for example, where only 15% currently view the U.S. positively, just over half (52%) think Moroccans who have moved there have a better life. Read More