About 38 million people living in America were born in foreign countries. That is 13 percent of the nation’s population.
Immigrants come from all over the world:
- 54 percent from Latin America
- 27 percent from Asia
- 13 percent from Europe
- 4 percent from Africa.
The most came from Mexico — 11.7 million people. After that, they came from China, the Philippines, India, El Salvador, Vietnam and South Korea
Twenty-seven percent of the immigrants graduate from college. This is the same number as native-born Americans.
The incomes of immigrants differ by country. India, Australia, South Africa and the Philippines had the highest incomes. The average income of immigrant households was $46,881. Native-born Americans had household incomes of $51,249.
They said 97 percent of immigrants from Mexico and the Dominican Republic do not speak English at home. About 52 percent of foreign-born residents say they do not speak English very well.
America’s immigrants are working hard. Nigerians and Kenyans are having the most problems finding jobs.