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Nearly 2 million US veterans have immigrant background


There are 18.8 million veterans in the United States, according to the latest data from the Migration Policy and 2 million of them or 11 percent have an immigrant background. Approximately 1.5 million have at least one immigrant parent and about 511,000 are foreign-born. These numbers demonstrate, once again, how immigrants have shaped the American history.

Data from the U.S. Census Bureau shows that Mexico is the top country of origin for the foreign-born veterans in 2016. About 83,000 veterans are from Mexico, representing 16 percent of the total number of foreign-born veterans in the United States , 68,000 are from the Philippines (13 percent), 33,000 are from Germany, 31,000 from Canada, 17,000 from Haiti, and 15,000 from India.

In terms of age and education, data shows that immigrant veterans are slightly younger than the native-born, at 58 years old in 2016 compared to 62 years old for the U.S.-born veterans. Also, immigrant veterans are more likely to be college graduates than their native counterparts. As of 2016, about 36 percent of immigrant veterans had at least a bachelor’s degree.

According to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, immigrants accounted for 20 percent of the 1.5 million service members who fought in the Union Army in the 1840s, during the Civil War.

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