In a borderless world, everyone would move to Singapore

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Well, not exactly. Yesterday Gallup released updated data detailing where the world's population would relocate if emigration were a non-issue. Singapore, Saudi Arabia, Botswana, and the United States were among the big gainers, whereas everyone wants to leave Somalia.

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From Gallup:

Illustration for article titled In a borderless world, everyone would move to Singapore

Gallup's Potential Net Migration Index finds Singapore, New Zealand, Saudi Arabia, Canada, Switzerland, Australia, and Kuwait atop the list of countries that could see the highest net adult population growth from international migration. If all adults worldwide who desire to migrate permanently to other countries actually moved where they wanted today, each country would see their adult populations double or even triple [...]

There are also few changes among countries with the highest negative PNMI values — the ones that could potentially lose as much as half of their adult populations to migration. New additions Comoros and Somaliland join Liberia, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Haiti, and Sierra Leone at the bottom of the list.

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[Spotted on Foreign Policy. Center photo by Steve Bennett via WikiMedia Commons.]

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I've got this crazy idea (on the same scale as Vonnegut's artificial middle names) where children of age (5-7?) are set up in a yearly exchange program. Once a year (on their birthday?) they're shuffled around the world and they live with a host family for the whole year, learning the habits and culture of that region.

They fly around until they're 16-18(?) at that point they can settle in a country or choose a world-citizen passport, with all the rights and priveliges there in.

And hopefully within a couple of generations the benefits will out weigh the problems and we'll be a large step closer to species harmony for Homo Sapiens. (knock on wood)