New Asian immigrants to US now surpass Hispanics

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

A new study suggests Asians are beginning to dominate immigration to the United States.

The expansive study by the Pew Research Center says that for the
first time, the influx of Asians moving to the U.S. has surpassed that of Hispanics. Pew says that reflects a slowdown in illegal immigration while American employers increase their demand for
high-skilled workers.

Their numbers have been boosted by increases in visas granted to specialized workers and wealthy investors as the U.S. economy
becomes more technology driven.

Census data shows about 430,000 Asians, or 36 percent of all new immigrants, arrived in the U.S. in 2010.

The study says the tipping point likely occurred during 2009 as
illegal immigrants crossing the border from Mexico sharply declined
due to increased enforcement and a dwindling supply of low-wage
work. Many Mexicans already in the U.S. have also been heading
back.


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