Sweden has been adjudge the best Country to be an Immigrant, according to a recent analysis from U.S. News & World Report while Canada, Switzerland, Australia and Germany round out the top five.
Based on the report, the new ranking assesses the international perceptions of 80 countries, their immigration policies and economic data.
“The 2017 Best Countries rankings revealed that more than 40 percent of respondents view immigration as the most important issue for our world to solve,” said Eric Gertler, co-chairman of U.S. News and the New York Daily News, who was recently honored by the Carnegie Corporation of New York as a 2017 Great Immigrant. “With the recent spotlight on immigration in the U.S. and abroad, we wanted to dive into its potential benefits and challenges on a country’s perceived economic status in the world.”
Below are the Key findings follow:
•Nordic nations – Sweden, Norway, Finland and Denmark – take four of the top 10 spots due in large part to favorable global perceptions of their economies and commitment to income equality.
•Four of the top five countries – Canada, Switzerland, Australia and Germany – are viewed as having the most stable economies and provide a number of integration measures for immigrants such as language training and transfer of job certification.
•While the U.S. hosts the most migrants in the world and serves as the source of the largest remittances, the country ranks at No. 7 due in part to a lower score for income equality.
•The U.K. ranks at No. 17 despite its strong economy. The nation is one of six countries ranked – along with No. 33 Saudi Arabia and No. 74 Myanmar – that has immigration policies geared toward the interest of nationals.
•Countries in the Middle East, including No. 15 United Arab Emirates and No. 23 Qatar, have a high proportion of migrants compared to their total population. However, these nations fail to provide migrants with tools for integration, contributing to their lower ranks.
Here are the top 10 Best Countries to be an Immigrant
7. United States of America
The methodology measures attributes such as economic stability, income equality and a good job market based on exclusive data gathered from a proprietary survey of more than 21,000 business leaders, informed elites and general citizens. Additional factors include data from the World Bank and the United Nations on the share of migrants per population, the amount of remittance migrants send to their country of birth and analysis on immigration policies.
The new ranking is part of the annual Best Countries report, a joint rankings and analysis project from U.S. News, BAV Consulting and the Wharton School to capture how nations are perceived on a global scale. For more information, use #BestCountries on Facebook and Twitter.
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