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22 Million Chinese Seek Immigration to US: Study

By Huang Jingjing
April 27, 2012
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Analysts have called for more measures to stop the outflow of talents and wealth after a US study claimed that about 22 million people in China want to leave for the US permanently.

The findings by Gallup showed that about 13 percent of the world's adults - or more than 640 million people - say they would like to leave their country permanently.

The US is the most desired destination for worldwide potential emigrants, and about 23 percent of them, or roughly 150 million people, want to move there, including 22 million from China, followed by Nigeria with 15 million and India with 10 million.

According to the Gallup website, the results are based on aggregated telephone and face-to-face interviews with 452,199 people, aged 15 and older, in 151 countries and regions from 2009 to 2011.

The findings have sparked a mixed response from Chinese people, with some skeptical about the data.

"The survey cannot reflect the real picture in China," said He Weiwen, a co-director of the China-US-EU Study Center under the China Association of International Trade, citing the poll's inadequate selection methods.

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