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Immigration in the USA

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  • Immigration to the United States: A 2001 Snapshot
  • How Many Immigrants Are Admitted to the U.S. in a Given Year? In 2001, the United States accepted a total of 1,064,318 immigrants.
  • How Are Immigrants Admitted? Immigrants gain admission to the United States under several different categories. Nearly two-thirds of all immigrants were admitted because they had relatives already in the United States.
  • From Which Regions do Immigrants to the United States Currently Come?
  • Which Countries Sent the Most Immigrants to the United States in 2001?
  • In Which States Do Most Immigrants Settle?
    • 65% of all 2001 immigrants planned to settle in one of the six states shown below.
    • 27% of all incoming immigrants intended to live in California.
  • How Diverse Are States’ Immigrant Populations? It depends. Some states receive higher concentrations of immigrants from specific countries while other states’ immigrant groups are more diverse.
    • California: A third of all immigrants came from Mexico. Just seven nationalities accounted for two-thirds of the entire incoming immigrant population.
    • New York: The largest immigrant group comprised only nine percent of the state’s total. Two-thirds of all incoming immigrants came in such small national groups that less than 3% of all new New York immigrants shared their nationality.
  • Why Do Some Immigrant Groups Have More Presence Than Others? Some immigrant groups are highly concentrated, while others are more dispersed. • Concentrated : 68% of incoming Mexicans, our largest immigrant group, move to either Texas or California. • Dispersed: 68% of Indian immigrants, our second largest group, are dispersed throughout California, New Jersey, Illinois, New York, Texas, Michigan, Virginia, and Pennsylvania. *Meaning, 91% of all Haitians entering in 2001 moved to one of four states. Yet one would only find 30% of all incoming Bosnians in Bosnians’ four most popular destination states.
  • Of Which Gender Are Most of Today’s Immigrants? The majority of immigrants today are female.
  • How Old Are Incoming Immigrants? Half of all immigrants are between age 25 and age 45. Twenty percent are either over 65 or under 15 years of age.
  • What is the Occupational Background of Current Immigrants?
  • Is There Much Variation in Immigrants’ Occupational Background? Yes. Although 8% of all immigrants who came to the U.S. in 2001 were professionals, this percentage varies greatly depending on immigrants’ country of origin.
  • How Has America’s Immigrant Population Changed Since 1820? * Note: America includes North America, the Caribbean, Central America, and South America.
  • How Has America’s Immigrant Population Changed Since 1920?
  • How Has America’s Immigrant Population Changed Since 1989?
  • What About Undocumented Immigrants? The INS’ most current estimation of undocumented immigrants is from October, 1996. At that time, the INS believed that a total of 5 million undocumented immigrants lived in the United States. Nearly two-thirds of all undocumented immigrants were estimated to live in: • California (39%) • Texas (14%) Or • New York (11%).
  • Sources:
    • Slides 2-15: “2001 Statistical Yearbook of the Immigration and Naturalization Services”, Office of Immigrant Statistics
    • Slide 16: “Estimates of the Unauthorized Immigrant Population Residing in the United States: 1990-2000,” Office of Immigrant Statistics