But even among non-English speakers there’s a widespread desire to move to the USA.
Just think how many non-English speakers call this country home! In the Houston area alone, there are thousands of non-English speakers living here. Even people that don’t speak English want to come here, and they all seem to manage to find a niche.
No country is as big a “destination” as ours, and there’s a reason for that.
And trust me. Having been in Europe on multiple occasions, there are enough English speakers in most of those countries to where an American living there as an expat can get by without knowing the native language. The same holds true for other countries as well. I don’t know ANY Korean, for example, and I still got by just fine for over a year living there.
In other words, language does NOT explain away the point that I made.
There simply isn’t as much of a desire for Americans to move abroad, simply because, guess what? They know that they already have it better here, and as such, have no desire to change their situation and move.
Western Europeans, by contrast, are THREE TIMES less likely to hold that same attitude, as I pointed out, with respect to their country of birth and America, and given that, I have a hard time accepting that those countries are “better,” no matter how many “on paper” stats people may present to try and make that case.
In the end, the best measure for which country is “best” is the following: which country is the number one destination for people looking to leave their country of birth?