US im­mi­gra­tion: Nepal logs high­est per­cent­age growth

The Times of India (Mumbai edition) - - TIMES NA­TION -

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.

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