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Monday, September 28, 2015

Asians set to overtake Hispanics to become largest group of immigrants in US

By 2065, Asians are projected to become the largest immigrant group, at 38 per cent of the immigrant population, surpassing Hispanics, at 31 per cent, according to a report by the Pew Research Center
 Asians will surge past Hispanics over the next 50 years to become the largest group of immigrants heading to the United States, a study has revealed.

This would mark a major shift in immigration patterns, with the main driver of US population growth coming from China, India, Korea and the Philippines.

By 2065, Asians are projected to become the largest immigrant group, at 38 per cent of the immigrant population, surpassing Hispanics, at 31 per cent, according to a report released today by the Pew Research Center.

Overall, the immigrant population will reach 78million by 2065, compared with 45million today, with a growth rate double that of the US-born population.

Meanwhile, the number of foreign-born individuals in the States is also nearing a milestone.


The percentage of people living in the States who were born outside the country hit almost 13.7 per cent this year - and is projected to hit a record 14.9 per cent in 2025, according to the Pew report. 

And in 50 years, foreign-born individuals and their children will comprise 36 per cent of the population - higher than levels at the beginning of the 20th century which saw an influx of Irish, Italian and Polish immigrants.

The projections come as controversy over immigration continues to play out in the presidential election debate.

Republican frontrunner Donald Trump said in August that if elected president, he would expand deportations and end 'birthright citizenship' for children born to immigrants who are here illegally. 
The percentage of people living in the States who were born outside the country hit almost 13.7 per cent this year - and is projected to hit a record 14.9 per cent in 2025

The percentage of people living in the States who were born outside the country hit almost 13.7 per cent this year - and is projected to hit a record 14.9 per cent in 2025

Under his plan, American-born children of immigrants would be deported with their parents, and Mexico would be asked to help build a wall along the US-Mexico border.

'They're illegal,' Trump said of US-born children of people living in the country illegally. 'You either have a country or not.' 

Future immigrants and their descendants will be an even bigger source of population growth. 
Between 2015 and 2065, they are projected to account for 88 per cent of the US population increase, or 103million people, as the nation grows to 441million. 

Today, immigrants make up 14 per cent of the population, an increase from 5 per cent in 1965.
The actual change is expected to come in 2055, when Asians will become the largest immigrant group at 36 per cent, compared with Hispanics at 34 per cent. 

An increase in Asian and Hispanic immigration will also drive US population growth, with foreign-born residents expected to make up 18 per cent of the country's projected 441million people in 50 years. 

This will be a record, higher than the nearly 15 per cent during the late 19th century and early 20th century wave of immigration from Europe. 

White immigrants to America, 80 per cent back in 1965, will hover somewhere between 18 and 20 per cent with black immigrants in the 8 per cent to 9 per cent range, the study said.

Currently, 47 per cent of immigrants living in the United States are Hispanic, but by 2065 that number will have dropped to 31 per cent. 

Asians currently make up 26 per cent of the immigrant population but in 50 years that percentage is expected to increase to 38 per cent.

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