Latin America’s Net Migration Index Is Second Lowest in World, Says Gallup

Jun 20, 2017
11:17 AM

A new post from Gallup said that Latin America has the second lowest net migration index in the world, just ahead of Sub-Saharan Africa. According to Gallup, its Potential Net Migration Index (PNMI) “is the estimated number of adults who say they would like to move permanently out of a country if the opportunity arose subtracted from the estimated number who say they would like to move into it, as a proportion of the total adult population. The higher the resulting positive PNMI score, the larger the potential net adult population gain.”

Gallup also listed PNMI rates by country in Latin America and the Caribbean. Only four countries (Belize, Costa Rica, Panama and Trinidad and Tobago) had positive PNMI gains. Brazil, Mexico and Venezuela were also classified as “significant decline” countries. Puerto Rico was at –29. Haiti was at –56. Three of the countries with the lowest rates were from Central America—Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras.