Indian Immigrants in the United States

Mary Hanna and Jeanne Batalova
Date of Publication: 
October, 2020
Source Organization: 
Migration Policy Institute

Immigration to the United States from India started in the early 19th century when Indian immigrants began settling in communities along the West Coast. Although they originally arrived in small numbers, new opportunities arose in middle of the 20th century, and the population grew larger in following decades. As of 2019, about 2.7 million Indian immigrants resided in the United States. Today, Indian immigrants account for approximately 6 percent of the U.S. foreign-born population, making them the second-largest immigrant group in the country, after Mexicans and ahead of immigrants from China and the Philippines.

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Hanna, M. & Batalova, J. (2020, October 16). Indian Immigrants in the United States. Migration Policy Institute.