Thursday, September 21, 2017

Pew Report: Asians to become largest immigrant group in U.S.


A report by the Pew Research Center predicts Asians will be the nation’s largest immigrant group by 2055, surpassing Hispanics. 

More Asian immigrants have moved to the U.S. than Hispanic immigrants every year since 2000.

The U.S. Asian population grew 72 percent from 2000 to 2015 to a record 20.4 million, which is 12 percent more than the rate of the second-fastest growing group, Hispanics, during the same time period.

Asian unauthorized immigrants made up about 13 percent of the 11.1 million unauthorized immigrants who live in the U.S.

The report states nearly half of U.S. Asians live in the West, with one-third being in California alone.

Population growth according to the report varied across 19 established Asian origin groups. Bhutanese-, Nepalese- and Burmese origin showed the fastest growth over the 15 years.

The report states that no single origin group dominates the U.S. Asian population, but the largest groups are Chinese, Indian and Filipino.

The U.S. Asian population does well on measurements of economic well-being, but it varies among the origin subgroups. More Asians (51 percent) have a bachelor’s degree by 25, compared to 30 percent of all Americans at that age.

Seventy percent of U.S. Asians older than 5 spoke English proficiently in 2015, but that ratio varies among the subgroups.

More Asians (26 percent) than the U.S. overall (19 percent) live in multigenerational households, with either two adult generations or one that includes grandparents and grandchildren.

Overall, Hispanics still far outnumber Asians in America. In fact, there are already more Hispanics than the 41 million Asians Pew predicts will live in the United States by 2050, if the current demographic trends continues.

(Views From the Edge contributed to this report.)________________________________________________________________________________

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