Update on Immigration

On September 20th, the Pew Research Center released a new study entitled “Overall Number of U.S. Unauthorized Immigrants Holds Steady Since 2009. To give you a sense of their findings some key points are listed below.

  • The U.S. unauthorized immigrant population—11.1 million in 2014—has stabilized since the end of the Great Recession, as the number from Mexico declined but the total from other regions of the world increased.
  • The number of unauthorized immigrants from Asia, Central America and sub-Saharan Africa rose between 2009 and 2014. The number from Mexico has steadily declined since 2007, the first year of the Great Recession, but Mexicans remain more than half (52%) of U.S. unauthorized immigrants.
  • In 2014, 59% of unauthorized immigrants lived in the same six states that have housed the majority of unauthorized immigrants for decades. California, with 2.3 million, has by far the largest number, followed by Texas, Florida, New York, New Jersey and Illinois.
  • Unauthorized immigrants accounted for 3.5% of the overall population and 26% of the nation’s 43.6 million foreign-born residents in 2014. In total, immigrants represented 13.6% of the U.S. population in 2014.

Adapted from Project Irene

 

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