The Most Popular Countries To Move To

The events of 2020 have led to an uplift in a range of different searches people have been asking on Google, from how to bake soda bread to a variety of indoor workouts. However, there’s also been an increase in searches of an altogether more life-altering scale, as more and more people have considered their options for moving abroad. For example, there has been a 29% increase in global Google searches for ‘how to move abroad’ from January 2020 to October 2020 alone. Using this data it is easy to determine the most popular countries to move to.
But where are the most popular destinations for people looking to live overseas? Are people looking for warm weather and sandy beaches, or is a solid health system, good economy and welcoming attitude more important?
A survey conducted by Remitly, looked at global search data to discover the most popular destinations for inhabitants of 101 countries around the world. And then by analysing the average monthly search volume for phrases commonly associated with researching a move overseas, they ranked the most searched-for location within each country. Thereby they were able to see which destinations came out top.
These are the most popular countries for moving abroad
The most popular destination for people looking to move overseas was Canada, which topped the wish-lists of 29 other countries.
The Top 10 Countries for Moving Abroad Number of countries that want to move here the most
1. Canada 30
2. Japan 13
3. Spain 12
4. Germany 8
5. Qatar 6
6. Australia 5
7. Switzerland 4
8. Portugal 3
9. USA 2
10. United Kingdom 2
Featuring prominently in the Global Peace Index as one of the safest places to live, and boasting low unemployment rates alongside a high amount of immigration options, it’s arguably no surprise that Canada is head and shoulders above the rest of the world. Add to that its friendly locals and beautiful scenery and it’s little surprise that the country is so appealing.
However, Canadians themselves were found to be angling for a move to second placed Japan, yet another country known for its stunning scenery, safety and vast array of job opportunities. Other popular options included Spain and Germany within Europe and Qatar in Asia.
Their colour-coded map shows who wants to move where. 
The map clearly show the most popular countries to move to.