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China Tops Mexico as Immigrants Origin To The U.S

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A recent study focused on 2013 immigration data reveals that, for the first time in history, China has overtaken Mexico as the number one country of origin for immigrants to the United States. According to the 2013 American Community Survey, conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau, 147.000 immigrants from a total of 1.201.000 came from China.

India holds the second place, with 129.000 incomers, while Mexico has sent roughly 125.000 immigrants to the U.S. However, these numbers are estimated and the reality might be slightly different, considering that most illegal immigrants refuse to contribute to such polls because they are afraid they might be spotted and sent back.

Hispanics still make the largest racial or ethnic minority group in the U.S, but that’s because around two-thirds of them are native born not recent immigrants. Contrariwise, around 65% of the U.S. Asian population is foreign born. Immigration from India and China has been rising constantly over the past decade, whereas immigration from Mexico has been constantly decreasing. This is a result of the improvements in the Mexican economy and lower Mexican birth rates.

The Great Recession also contributed to the declining number of illegal immigration from Mexico. Returning to China and India, these are not the only Asian top immigrant-sending countries. According to the census, many of the immigrants counted in 2013 came from Japan, South Korea and Philippines. When you combine them, Asian Americans embody a population of nearly 20 million and they are fastest growing racial group in the U.S.

Other waves of immigration have been quite significant. Europe is also becoming a massive immigrant sender, alongside Latin America. This data displays a shift on how the immigrant map in the U.S. will look in the future. According to the U.S. Census Bureau specialists, by 2044 there will be no racial or ethnic majority in the U.S. This means there will be broadly equal minorities all around the country.

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