Frequently Requested Statistics on Immigrants and Immigration in the United States

Source: Jeanne Batalova and Alicia Lee, Migration Policy Institute, March 2012

Immigration has a profound impact on the United States, which throughout its history has been a destination for migrants from across the globe. Immigration touches on myriad facets of American life – ranging from the economic and political to the cultural.

As such, it is important that facts about immigrants and contemporary immigration flows to the United States are made easily available to the public. This Spotlight seeks to do so, providing some of the most frequently used current and historical facts and figures in easily accessible fashion.
For example:
Which countries are the main sources for immigration to the United States? How many immigrants come each year? How many are already here? How many became US citizens last year? How many children live in immigrant families? How large are illegal immigration flows? Do immigrants have health insurance? How many immigrants live in poverty? How many are eligible to vote?

This Spotlight brings together resources from the Migration Policy Institute (MPI); the US Census Bureau’s 2010 American Community Survey, 2010 Current Population Survey, and 2000 decennial census; the US Departments of Homeland Security and State; the Pew Hispanic Center; and Mexico’s National Population Council (CONAPO) and National Institute of Statistics and Geography (INEGI).

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