Populations from five countries are growing at a faster pace than all the others in the United States. According to a new report from the Center for Immigration Studies, the number of nationals from Bangladesh, Iraq, Egypt, Pakistan, and Saudi Arabia has grown the most in recent years.
From 2010 to 2014, the number of immigrants from Saudi Arabia living in the United States grew by 93 percent, the study shows, going from 43,000 to 87,000 U.S. residents. Bangladesh is second in this regard, with its population growing by 37 percent in the same period. Immigrants from Iraq account for 217,000 individuals, with 160,000 of them arriving in the U.S. from 2010 to 2014. The number of Egyptian natives grew by 25 percent over the same period, and Pakistan, India, and Ethiopia each grew by 24 percent in terms of immigration to the U.S.
The study also found that more than 60 percent of immigrants from Pakistan and Egypt are U.S. citizens. About 50 percent of those born in Bangladesh have become naturalized citizens, whereas the vast majority of the individuals born Saudi Arabia have not gained U.S. citizenship.
The immigrant population currently accounts for 13.3 percent of the total population in the U.S., the largest share in the past century.
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