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‘Citizens of Global Village’

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A poll conducted by BBC World Service shows that people are increasingly identifying themselves as global rather than national citizens

indians studentsAbout 67 per cent of Indians believe that they are global citizens. The trend is particularly marked in emerging economies, where people see themselves as outward looking and internationally minded. Pollsters GlobeScan questioned more than 20,000 people in 18 countries.

More than half of those asked (56%) in emerging economies saw themselves first and foremost as global citizens rather than national citizens. In Nigeria (73%), China (71%), Peru (70%) and India (67%) the data is particularly marked.

By contrast, the trend in the industrialised nations seems to be heading in the opposite direction.  In Germany fewer people say they feel like global citizens now, compared with 2001.

In the richer nations, the concept of global citizenship appears to have taken a serious hit after the financial crash of 2008. In Germany, for example, only 30% of respondents see themselves as global citizens.