Here are five best places to be an immigrant.
14 percentage of its population are immigrants. Ireland is unique in the political rights to noncitizens, which include voting, joining the police force, and running for local office. Although a few incidents of racial harassment have been reported, the backlash has been minimal, and Ireland doesn’t have the far-right nationalist parties that are common throughout the rest of Europe.
11 percentage of its population are immigrants. Like Ireland, Spain spent decades as an economic basket case, but it is now one of Europe’s best-performing economies, thanks largely to its open-door immigration policy, instituted in the late 1990s. Spain’s thriving construction sector attracts many immigrants, and they increasingly fill the minimum-wage agriculture and service jobs.
19 percentage of its population are immigrants. The country is running out of workers. Canada’s finance minister recently said that population and labor shortages are Canada’s most pressing economic challenges. One out of seven Canadians is now a senior citizen, and the country’s fertility rate has been below replacement level since the early 1970s. In response, lawmakers in Ottawa are considering enhancing Canada’s immigration laws, which are already among the world’s most liberal.
40 percentage of its population are immigrants. Because Israel wants to remain a Jewish state, Jewish nonprofit organizations are working to entice Jews from around the world to the Holy Land, even offering grants of $3,000 to $10,000 as an incentive. Under Israeli law, Jews are automatically granted citizenship.
16 percentage of its population are immigrants. For New Zealand, immigration is all about skills. Applicants are awarded a score based on their level of occupational ability. Those who score above a certain level are automatically granted entrance.