Korea ranks 50th among countries that could see adult population growth from international migration, according to a poll by Gallup America. Gallup last Friday released scores based on a poll of 350,000 adults in 148 countries taken from 2007 to the first half of 2010.
The score "is the estimated number of adults who would like to move permanently out of a country if the opportunity arose, subtracted from the estimated number who would like to move into it, as a proportion of the total adult population," Gallup said. Immigration-related regulatory factors were not considered in the survey.
Singapore tops the list. The survey estimates that Singapore's adult population would increase by 219 percent of its current population of 4.8 million if all those who want to move there do.
New Zealand is next with an estimated increase of population by 184 percent, followed by Saudi Arabia (176 percent), Canada (160 percent), and Switzerland (150 percent).
Korea came 50th with the population estimated to shrink 8 percent as people leave for pastures new. It ranked even lower than China, India and Russia and several African nations such as Zambia, Namibia and South African, or former Soviet bloc countries such as Turkmenistan and Tajikistan.
The outcome was unexpected given that Korea ranked 15th in the world last year in terms of economic size.
Although most of the respondents chose the U.S. as the country they wish to migrate to, it finished 14th on the Gallup list due to its already large population of 300 million.