Western Union shares fresh insights on today’s migrants
Western Union has just released new data exploring the perspectives and motivations of migrants in the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, France, Japan and the United Arab Emirates.
Today’s migrants represent a diverse range of socioeconomic backgrounds and contribute economically, culturally, and in many other ways to their adopted countries. Survey results reveal three key insights:
- Migrants are engines of optimism. Today’s migrants in many parts of the world share that they feel valued and accepted, with positive attitudes towards their host countries. For example, 86% of migrants in the USA view the country in a positive way, versus 68% of the general population, 88% of them feel appreciated and 95% say they can do well if they work hard.
- Migrants are tech-forward. Today’s migrants are familiar with cryptocurrency and comfortable with digital financial services. In the USA, 83% of migrants access financial services digitally or a mixture of both digital and in person.
- Migrants are motivated by a pursuit for a better future. Most migrants say they moved to the USA for better job prospects, higher pay, or to pursue education and training.
Western Union has also partnered with The Fletcher School at Tufts University to explore where economic opportunity, skills shortages, and a socio-political openness to migration are likely to intersect and create the next geographies of social stability, economic growth, and innovation.
Find more information about the Today’s Migrant survey here.