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After China, India Now sends more immigrants to the U.S.

SI Team
Wednesday, May 13, 2015
SI Team
China has replaced Mexico as the top country of origin for immigrants to the United States, according to a new review of 2013 immigration data. According to the American Census Bureau study, conducted by Eric Jensen, statistician/demographer the new findings follow a "decade where immigration from China and India increased while immigration from Mexico decreased."

Based on annual immigration data collected from the years 2000 through to 2013, the U.S. Census Bureau recorded 1 , 2 0 1 , 0 0 0 immigrants in 2013. Of those, 125,000 came from Mexico, 129,000 came from India, and 147,000 came from China. Indeed, in 2012, China and Mexico were nearly tied in terms of how many immigrants they sent to the US; China sent 124,000 and Mexico sent 125,000.

The study identifies immigrants as any foreign born individuals who said they previously lived abroad.

These changes are observed as India and China, both with largest populations in the world, are sending more people to the US for work and study. Meanwhile, the improving economy in Mexico and the lowered birth rate there has led to a decline in emigration. Economic factors, such as the recent US recession, have also led to a decrease in undocumented immigrants from Mexico in the states.

The study is a glimpse into the changing racial and ethnic structure of the US population. According to experts, immigration is the primary driver of this growth, "accounting for 61 percent of the total Asian population change" between 2012 and 2013. The Millennial generation is the most diverse in the country. According to US Census projections, by the year 2044, the US will reflect a diverse array of minorities.

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