Asians ‘leapfrog Hispanic immigration to US’

Wednesday June 20, 2012
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Changing face of migration: Asians account for the largest group of immigrants to the US, research shows

Changing face of migration: Asians account for the largest group of immigrants to the US, research shows

 

ASIANS recently passed Hispanics as the largest group of new immigrants to the US, according to a survey on Tuesday (June 19).

 

The survey by the Pew Research Center found the ranking switch of two largest groups of newcomers to the US started in 2009.

 

And it determined that the growing Asian population in the US not only is large, but it is thriving.

 

"Asian Americans are the highest-income, best-educated and fastest-growing racial group in the United States," the study concluded.

 

The Pew center said the change in immigration figures is largely due to declining immigration from Mexico - the source of more US immigrants than any other country - amid weakness in the US job market and a crackdown on illegal immigration.

 

At the same time, the number of Asians arrivals has remained steady or increased slightly.

 

The study found that Asians are three times more likely to be admitted on work visas, and 61 per cent of adult Asian immigrants (defined as 25 years old or older) in recent years have had at least a bachelor's degree - double the share of other arrivals, making them "the most highly educated cohort of immigrants in US history".

 

Pew also estimates that 13 to 15 per cent of Asian immigrants are undocumented, versus 45 per cent of Hispanic immigrants.

 

Overall, Hispanics still far outnumber Asians in America. In fact, there are already more Hispanics than the 41 million Asians Pew predicts will live in the US by 2050, if the current trend continues.

 

Currently there are 18.2 million Asians in the US or 5.8 per cent of population, up from one per cent in 1965, mostly from China, the Philippines, India, Vietnam, South Korea and Japan.

 

This compares to 52 million Hispanics or 16.7 per cent of the population.

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