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People Increasingly Identify as Global—Not National—Citizens

It’s 2016.

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People across the world increasingly identify as global citizens, a new BBC poll says, eschewing national identity.

Global identity was felt most strongly in developing countries like Nigeria, China, and Peru, while Germans and Russians felt the opposite, strongly identifying with their nationalities. 

In the U.S., according to the poll, a little less than half of Americans said that they were global citizens. 

The exact definition of global citizenship was left for respondents to interpret, but, as the BBC says, the poll results this year were probably heavily influenced by the migrant crisis in Europe, as countries grapple with hundreds of thousands of refugees who have streamed in.

That might explain, for example, why just over a quarter of Germans said they were global citizens. The country let in a million refugees last year, setting off a process which has not always gone smoothly.

Elsewhere, Russia had by far the least amount of residents identifying as global citizens, with less than a quarter. Nigeria, on the other hand, led the pack with 73 percent of their populace identifying globally. Others in the top 10 include Spain, India, and Canada.