India Leads Other Nations in Surge of Foreign-Born in the U.S.

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Nearly one in six adults in the U.S. is now foreign-born and India led all countries in a record increase of new immigrants to the country, according to a new report by the Washington, D.C.-based Center for Immigration Studies.


The countries with the largest increases in new immigrants were India (an increase of 254,000, up 14 percent); China (217,000, 10 percent); the Dominican Republic (112,000, 13 percent); Guatemala (71,000, 9 percent); Jamaica (55,000, 8 percent); Bangladesh (49,000, 32 percent); Saudi Arabia (44,000, 97 percent); Pakistan (43,000, 14 percent); and Iraq (41,000, 26 percent).



 The study, based on new Census Bureau data, found that the country’s immigrant population — including both legal and illegal immigrants — grew by 1.4 million from July 2010 to July 2013 to a record 41.3 million.


“The new data makes clear that while Latin America and the Caribbean are still a significant source of immigration, the growth is being driven in large part by immigration from Asia, the Middle East, and Africa,” said Steven Camarota, director of research at the center and lead author of the report.



The regions with the largest increases in immigrants from 2010 to 2013 were South Asia (up 373,000, or 16 percent); East Asia (365,000, 5 percent); the Caribbean (223,000, 6 percent), the Middle East (208,000, 13 percent; and sub-Saharan Africa (177,000, 13 percent).


As a share of the total population, immigrants (legal and illegal) comprised 13.1 percent of U.S. residents (about one out of every eight), the highest percentage in 93 years. As recently as 1980, 6.2 percent of the population was comprised of immigrants.


States where the number of immigrants grew the most since 2010 were Texas (227,240); California (160,771); Florida (140,019); New York (85,699); New Jersey (81,192); Massachusetts (62,591); Washington (57,402); Pennsylvania (57,091); Illinois (47,609); Arizona (39,647); Maryland (38,555); Virginia (37,844); North Carolina (30,289); Michigan (29,039); and Georgia (28,020).


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