1 in 7 Amer­i­cans is for­eign born, In­dia leads mi­grant pack

The Times of India (Mumbai edition) - - FRONT PAGE -

Sta­tis­tics re­leased by the US Cen­sus Board last week show that im­mi­grants (both le­gal and il­le­gal) com­prised nearly 14% of the US pop­u­la­tion. In other words, one out of seven US res­i­dents is for­eign born.

In terms of numbers, the for­eign-born pop­u­la­tion, based on find­ings of the Amer­i­can Com­mu­nity Sur­vey (2017), rose by al­most 8 lakh in 2016 to stand at 44.5 mil­lion (or 4.45 crore) in July 2017, which is an in­crease of 1.8%.

Amer­ica is touted as a land of im­mi­grants, but this share of im­mi­grants in the to­tal pop­u­la­tion is the high­est in over a cen­tury. The Cen­ter for Im­mi­gra­tion Stud­ies (CIS), which is viewed as an anti-im­mi­gra­tion think-tank, terms this as a record in­crease. “As re­cently as 1980, just one out of 16 US res­i­dents was for­eign born,” CIS points out in its re­port.

CIS has done an ex­ten­sive anal­y­sis of the data. Ac­cord­ing to its re­port, the ‘send­ing’ coun­tries with the largest net nu­mer­i­cal in­crease in im­mi­grants be­tween 2010 and 2017 were In­dia (up by 8.30 lakh), China (up by 6.77 lakh) and the Do­mini­can Re­pub­lic (up by 2.83 lakh).

The per­cent­age in­creases for these coun­tries be­tween 2010 and 2017 were 47%, 31% and 32% re­spec­tively ( see ta­ble above).

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