US immigration: Nepal logs highest percentage growth
Nepal showed the highest percentage increase in immigrants since 2010. With 1.52 lakh Nepalese in US, as of July 2017, it showed a percentage increase of 120% since 2010. India’s other neighbour, Pakistan, showed a percentage increase of 31% in terms of inflow of migrants to US to stand at nearly 4 lakh in number.
According to the US Census Board, the term foreign-born, refers to individuals who were not US citizens at birth. It includes those immigrants who later obtained US citizenship, green card holders, temporary workers (such as those on H-1B visa) and international students.
The report by CIS points out that between 2010 and 2017, 95 lakh new immigrants settled in the US. New arrivals are offset by roughly 3 lakh immigrants who return home each year and an annual natural mortality of an equal number. As a result, the immigrant population grew 46 lakh from 2010 to 2017.
Recent protectionist measures may, in the coming years, result in a gradual decline in the number of foreign-born in the US, owing to a number of factors, such as increase in denial of work visas or extensions to temporary immigrant workers, slowdown in hiring of immigrants, dip in the number of international students and deportation of illegal immigrants, say immigration experts.