Countries Seeking American Immigrants 2019

Many people who live in the United States have at least thought about moving to another country. Whether its after retirement, for a job opportunity, or to launch an overseas business, there are a number of reasons that an American would choose to permanently move to a foreign country.

Some countries are not very welcoming to American tourists or residents, while others are very welcoming and accommodating. If you’re thinking of joining the more than 9 million Americans that live in a foreign country, read on to learn more about the best countries for immigration.

One nation to consider moving to is New Zealand. In this country, you’d be joining approximately 20,000 Americans who reside in this foreign country. Nearly all of New Zealanders speak English, it’s easy to obtain an emigration visa and work permit, and there are plenty of exciting things to do – think scuba diving, skiing, or even winemaking. The primary drawback of moving to this nation is that the cost of living in New Zealand is higher than the United States.

Germany is another nation that is very welcoming to Americans. Over half of the population speaks English, and there are about 110,000 Americans already residing in the country. Cities like Berlin boast business opportunities, a low cost of living, and a thriving nightlife. While getting a three-month visa is easy, actually moving to the country does take some work – think visiting government bureaus and providing documentation.

The United States’ neighbor to the north – Canada – is also a country you could consider moving to. Canada has a rich culture, low crime rates, a stable economy, and excellent education and healthcare systems. You won’t be bored in Canada either with popular activities including skiing, kayaking, hunting, and hiking. The primary drawback is that real estate prices have skyrocketed in recent years.

Need more ideas? Consider moving to these nations:

Rank Flag Name Population 2019 Area Area (mi²) % of Earth's Area Growth Rate Region Subregion
1Germany83,517,045357,114 km²137,846 mi²0.24%0.47%EuropeWestern Europe
2Canada37,411,0479,984,670 km²3,854,083 mi²6.73%0.91%AmericasNorthern America
3Australia25,203,1987,692,024 km²2,969,121 mi²5.18%1.23%OceaniaAustralia and New Zealand
4Netherlands17,097,13041,850 km²16,154 mi²< 0.1%0.22%EuropeWestern Europe
5Sweden10,036,379450,295 km²173,814 mi²0.30%0.65%EuropeNorthern Europe
6Austria8,955,10283,871 km²32,374 mi²< 0.1%0.72%EuropeWestern Europe
7Switzerland8,591,36541,284 km²15,936 mi²< 0.1%0.77%EuropeWestern Europe
8Denmark5,771,87643,094 km²16,634 mi²< 0.1%0.34%EuropeNorthern Europe
9Finland5,532,156338,424 km²130,632 mi²0.23%0.17%EuropeNorthern Europe
10Norway5,378,857323,802 km²124,988 mi²0.22%0.77%EuropeNorthern Europe
11Costa Rica5,047,56151,100 km²19,725 mi²< 0.1%0.96%AmericasCentral America
12Ireland4,882,49570,273 km²27,125 mi²< 0.1%1.32%EuropeNorthern Europe
13New Zealand4,783,063270,467 km²104,400 mi²0.18%0.84%OceaniaAustralia and New Zealand