Here Are Investor Trends: for South Koreans, Malaysians, and Americans

Interested in migration trends around the world? Want to learn more on applicants from different countries?

We believe that to be a necessity. Many travel migration readers are interested in knowing what each demographic favors.

That is, which countries are preferred by someone from a certain nationality?

Below, we’ll answer that question. We’ll discuss the stats from interesting locations, including America, Malaysia, and South Korea!

Why Those Nationalities?

There isn’t much data available on South Korean and Malaysian migration trends.

As for Americans, this is a key point of interest. After all, the US is normally seen as a migration goal, not a source market.

Thus, to see where Americans choose to migrate is always worth the study.

Also, it’s difficult getting information for each and every nationality. After all, not all programs, provide detailed info on their applicant demographics.

So defining the true number of outbound migrants from a country is hard.

Even the most keen migration trend websites lack the full data sets to represent accurate values. So what you see below represents what could be gained from research.

Finally, the data we’ll mention only goes up to 2019. Data beyond that point is heavily affected by the pandemic, so it’s not worth mentioning.

First: American Migration Trends

The majority of Americans seem to aim for Australia’s BIIP and Portugal’s Golden Visa (at 79 and 65 applicants respectively).

Next are UK applicants. Around 45 signed up for the Tier Entrepreneur program, while another 26 went for the Investor program.

Otherwise, US applicants mostly gravitated to Greece’s program, or to Caribbean countries.

Second: Malaysian Migration Trends

A clear trend is present among Malaysians. That is, the extreme majority are gravitating towards the Australian BIP program.

For comparison, in 2019, the prime selection was Australia with 211 applicants. Second place went to the UK’s Tier 1 Entrepreneur program at 13.

Thus, Australia wins a big share of Malaysian investors and by a large margin.

Regardless, the 2019 values for Malaysians moving to Australia were lower than previous years. In 2018, only 344 were accepted. And in 2017, 468 were accepted.

So a decline can be noticed from 2017 onwards, which means the drop has been in-effect since pre-pandemic conditions.

Third: South Korean Migration Trends

South Korea also shows a clear bias towards certain destinations.

The extreme majority aim for the US. However, most aim for the US E-2 visa, representing 851 applications in 2019. Next comes US EB-5 applicants, representing 232 in the same year.

And unlike Malaysia, there’s a rising number of South Koreans heading towards the US.

That is, numbers have been steadily climbing since 2016. In fact, 2016’s E2 applicants were 673, compared to 2019’s 851.

So overall, more South Koreans are leaving for other destinations.

Final Note

One thing we’d like to mention is stat incompleteness.

The numbers we selected above highlight key trends as to where immigrants are going.

Many destinations aren’t represented in the stats we went through, which include Grenada, Cyprus, Malta, Turkey, Spain, etc.

Those destinations may count for thousands of investors that may balance the values above.

Regardless, the above values should give you an idea as to how investors are seeing other countries from their source markets.