The rate of foreign-born residents in the U.S. has reached its highest levels in recent history, after drifting for several years. According to data from the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey, more than 1 million immigrants arrived in the country in 2013 and 2014, double the previous years. The level of foreign-born population in the U.S. is now 42 million or 13.3 percent. 19 million are Hispanic and 11 million are Asian.
Before 2007, when the Great Recession has started, South and Central America were the two main sources of immigrants, but things have changed over the years. The new wave of immigration is mainly made by Asians. More than half of the immigrants who came to the U.S. from 2013 to 2014 were Asian while only 368.000 incomers were Latino.
Moreover, the recent influx of foreign newcomers brings more educated and high-skilled workers, who are no longer just looking to fill the positions that Americans don’t want. Many have graduate and college degrees. In California, for example, about half of the Asian adult immigrants and 14 percent of the immigrants who arrived from Latin America recently have college degrees.
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