| By Leila Reypour
Australia ranked eighth in the US News and World Report Best Countries poll, which considers quality of life, entrepreneurship, cultural influence and adventure. The United States ranking dropped due to its perceived economic inequality.
More than 21,000 people worldwide participated in the survey, which assessed how closely they associated 80 countries with specific characteristics, such as economic stability, income equality and job markets.
Data on migrant populations from the World Bank and the United Nations was also used to determine the outcome of the rankings. While the survey did not focus on refugees specifically, it did take into account immigration policies of the countries and integration measures from the United Nations.