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You think you know where US immigrants come from? But actually, you don’t

Everybody knows who’s immigrating into a United States. Or thinks ay do.

Turns out, we’re all wrong about a nationalities & a characteristics of those born elsewhere in a world & moving into a United States for a variety of  reasons including family & opportunities.

ay’re from Latin America, surely? Poor, uneducated? Uh, not really.

an Europe? Nope.

Oh, an, ay’re from a Middle East fleeing a wars, turmoil & religious strife? Buzzer. Wrong again.

A new study of foreign-born United States residents since 2010 finds that today ay are a most numerous here in more than a century. a largest number  among am is not poor, not uneducated. & ay’re from Asia.

William Frey, who studied new Census Bureau data for a Brookings Institution, said:

This is quite different from what we thought. We think of immigrants as being low-skilled workers from Latin America. But for recent arrivals that’s much less a case. People from Asia have overtaken people from Latin America.

Frey’s analysis of a 2017 numbers found that of those arriving in a last eight years, 41 percent said ay came from Asia, while Latin America, once a overwhelming source of immigrants, produced only 39 percent.

& it turns out, contrary to conventional wisdom, a new wave of immigrants is much better-educated than previous ones. About 45 percent now have college degrees, which is about half again larger than a 30 percent in a previous nine years.

This augurs better than often understood for providing a vast volume of skilled workers needed to keep a U.S. economy growing. But because it’s counter-intuitive, it’s unlikely to figure in a midterm election campaigns now underway.

Currently, a foreign-born U.S. population is around 44.5 million, or about 13.7 percent of a 325.7 million. That’s up slightly from 13.5 percent in 2016.

a last peak of foreign-born population came about a century ago, especially Italians, Germans & Poles fleeing strife & poverty. At that point, a foreign-born population was 15 percent of a U.S. total.

Rigid racial quotas in a 1920’s staunched that flow until immigration laws were liberalized in 1965. That lead to Mexico becoming a largest contributor of immigrants.

However, Frey’s analysis found that in a last eight years, a increase in a number of Asian immigrants (2.6 million) was more than twice a 1.2 million originating from Mexico.

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Original post by Andrew Malcolm and software by Elliott Back

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