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Expats choose Canada and Australia

Canada and Australia are rated amongst the top four international destinations for expats. New research suggests that highly skilled migrants are mostly attracted to four countries; namely Canada, Australia, the UK and the USA.

Expats Choose Canada And Australia

The research, published by the World Bank, has listed Canada as one of the top four immigration destination countries in the world that consistently attracts top level, highly skilled immigrants. The US remains first choice for almost 40 percent of highly skilled foreign workers.


Researchers Sari Pekkala Kerr, William Kerr, Çaǧlar Özden and Christopher Parsons, observed the migration patterns of the last 50 years and noted changes in either the numbers of people moving around the world, or where they were departing from and arriving to.

The US, UK, Canada and Australia top four destinations

According to the World Bank’s research, the US, the UK, Canada and Australia are the most popular destinations for the vast majority of the world’s immigrants. Despite fear mongering by certain political groups and parts of the media that might suggest a huge increase in immigration, the research found that global migration has remained steady over the last half a century.

Globally, the percentage of people living in a country outside of the one they were born in is a similar to 1960, approximately three percent. However, that’s not to suggest that immigration trends will remain steady and unchanging.

The World Bank report indicates that, despite a recent spike in the number of people leaving certain parts of the world as refugees, there’s a clear pattern of people moving primarily who have good education and above-average income levels who are moving voluntarily for economic reasons.

“A pattern is emerging in which these high-skilled migrants are departing from a broader range of countries and heading to a narrower range of countries. In particular, the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada and Australia,” said the report.

Canada, Australia, UK and USA now the adoptive home of 75% of all highly skilled migrants

The World Bank research found that the US is the world leader for attracting top level, highly skilled foreign workers, with an estimated 40 percent of people moving to the US. Canada, the UK and Australia account for a further 35 percent between them. In total, 75 percent of highly skilled immigrants currently call one of these nations, home.

The World Bank research describes this as ‘great news for Canada’ because the majority of highly skilled foreign workers tend to arrive with an existing source of wealth, while their skills help to boost and develop the economy, regardless of where they end up.


“The weight of the evidence points to high-skilled immigrants boosting innovation and productivity, mainly through the increased quantity of skilled individuals pursuing innovative work.”

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