China out-immigrates Mexico to US

Sayonara, Mexico–China is the new major exporter of people to US soil. A Census Bureau study by researcher Eric Jensen determined that in 2013, China was the country of origin for 147,000 recent U.S. immigrants, while Mexico sent just 125,000. The survey included undocumented immigrants, but there’s a chance that they may have been under-counted.

While the numbers are interesting, it should be noted that in 2012, five times as many immigrants in the U.S. were from Mexico than China. Hispanics are still the largest minority group in the US, but roughly two-thirds of latinos are now native born, compared to Asian immigrants, two-thirds of which are foreign-born.

It remains to be seen what this new wave of Asian immigrants indicates about future immigration trends.

Posted by: Hunter Carter

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