Immigration levels to the United States, both legal and illegal, have increased over the past two years, reaching figures recorded at the beginning of the 21st century. More than three million immigrants came legally to the U.S. in 2014 and 2015, according to data from the Center for Immigration Studies. This represents a 39 percent growth over the past 24 months.
Most of the new immigrants came from East Asia and South Asia, as previous studies have already shown, but Latin America is still one of the top areas of origin for newcomers to the U.S. In the case of legal immigration, most long-term work visas have been issued to Chinese and Indians, whereas illegal immigration is in discussion especially in relation to Central America.
The factors that determine immigration to the U.S. include the general nature of the legal immigration system, which provides several options for workers and students, as well as the powerful economy which offers employment opportunities in several industries for many foreign-born workers.
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