Armenians have the greatest wish among those in post-Soviet states to move elsewhere, while Uzbeks have the least, a Gallup poll released Wednesday indicates.
Forty percent of Armenians – almost three times the 15 percent average – want to move permanently to another country, while 5 percent of people in Uzbekistan, want out, the poll of adults indicated.
Gallup conducted face-to-face surveys in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan from 2010 to 2012 and based its results on rolling averages.
Fourteen percent of Russians say they want to move, the poll indicated.
Most people surveyed say the main reason they want to leave is economic. Fifty-two percent of residents of the 12 former Soviet Union countries surveyed say they want to improve their standard of living or live in a country with a better standard of living, the poll found.
Another 10 percent say they want to get a good job or cannot find a job in their own country. More than 1-in-8, or 13 percent, say they’re thinking not of their own futures but of their children’s in their wish to move.