Heritage has always been a key component of our national identity. Most Americans refer to their ethnic heritage by stating the country from which their ancestors emigrated. Many have parents or grandparents who immigrated to the United States or are immigrants themselves. This is especially true of Americans in urban areas along the East and West Coasts.
Despite being so acquainted with immigrants and immigration as a concept, many Americans cannot cite actual numbers and statistics related to immigration in the United States. Philadelphia immigration lawyers would like to shed some light on immigration statistics in the United States by sharing the following facts.
How Many Immigrants Enter the United States Each Year?
In 2014, 1.3 million foreign-born individuals moved to the United States.
Today, 42.4 million immigrants reside in the United States. By including their American-born children, this number is 81 million, or 26 percent of the United States’ population.
What Countries Come to the United States?
In 2014, the majority (28 percent) of foreign-born individuals residing in the United States came from Mexico. The second-largest population was individuals from India, followed by China and the Philippines.
In the last 50 years, immigrants from Asia and Latin America made up the majority of individuals seeking citizenship in the United States. Prior to 1960, most immigrants to the United States came from Europe.
How Has the Number of Immigrants in the United States Changed in Recent Decades?
In 1970, immigrants comprised 4.7 percent of the American population. By 2010, this figure was 12.9 percent.
The percentage of the population of immigrants has ebbed and flowed over time. Between 1860 and 1920, the percentage was anywhere from 13 to almost 15 percent each year.
Philadelphia Immigration Lawyers at Surin & Griffin, P.C. Can Help Individuals through the Immigration Process
If you are an immigrant to the United States or you have a loved one who has either recently entered the country or plans to do so in the future, work with our experienced Philadelphia immigration lawyers to ensure that your rights are protected and the process is completed as expediently as possible. Complete our online form or call 215-925-4435 today to set up your initial consultation with a member of Surin & Griffin, P.C. Our offices are located in Philadelphia and we proudly serve clients nationwide.