After years of unrest, violence, poverty and uncertainty in the 1980s and 1990s where everyone who could, left the country. Over the past 2 decades Peru made enormous progress and developed into a politically and economically stable country with huge growth rates often topping its neighbors on different levels.
And even though the conditions and quality of living in Peru as well as the opportunities for most Peruvians in the country have improved tremendously, a recent survey of Ipsos Peru, an independent leading marketing and research company, revealed surprising results.
As El Comcerio, Peru’s largest daily, reported, from the 1,298 Peruvians from urban and rural areas throughout the country that participated in the survey, still a staggering 62% stated they would leave Peru if they could and live abroad despite all the improvements. 35% of those surveyed even have concrete plans to do so.
The US tops the list of preferred destinations of Peruvians to live abroad, followed by Spain and Argentina.
However, while the confidence level of this survey is 95% and the error margin around 2.7%, it should be noted that emigration numbers over the past years declined steadily. In total, today about 10% of Peruvians live abroad and only 100,000 – 120,000 per year really leave the country definitely mostly to seek better job opportunities or to study.