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Asians Pass Hispanics in New Immigration

June 25, 2012
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According to a new study, Asian Americans are the nation’s fastest growing racial group. There are more Asian than Hispanic immigrants entering the United States.

Experts say some reasons for the declining numbers of Hispanic immigrants are:

  • the weak U.S. economy, including high unemployment rates
  • the increase in Hispanic deportation and border enforcement
  • the declining birthrates in Mexico

Hispanic immigration dropped 31 percent from 2007 to 2010, while Asian immigration increased about 10 percent.

Nearly twice as many adult Asians hold a college degree, compared with the general population. Asian median annual household income is $66,000, while the median income of the general population is $49,800.

Asian advocacy groups said the study should not lead to stereotyping all Asians as wealthy and educated. For example, Vietnamese, Korean and Chinese are more likely than all U.S. adults to be living in poverty.

The vast majority of the Asian immigrants are here legally. Near half the Hispanic immigrants are undocumented.

This trend is expected to continue

The New York Times

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