Immigrants from New Origin Countries in the United States

Jie Zong and Jeanne Batalova
Date of Publication: 
January, 2019
Source Organization: 
Migration Policy Institute

This short “Spotlight” article focuses on changing demographics within the U.S. immigrant population. A full 76 percent of the immigrant population growth from 2010 to 2017 came from 15 countries, some considered “new origin countries” in this report. While the Mexican immigrant population declined during this period, the population from India grew by 47 percent (and showed the largest absolute increase of 830,000). Other large growth countries were Venezuela (91 percent) and Bangladesh (62 percent). The Chinese grew by 36 percent, adding 644,000 to their total – the 2nd largest absolute increase. The Spotlight goes on to examine the socioeconomic characteristics and geographic distribution of these newer immigrant groups. Among the data points covered is the educational attainment of each of these groups, which show wide variations from country to country. (American Immigrant Policy Portal)

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Zong, J. & Batalova, J. (2019). Immigrants from New Origin Countries in the United States. Washington, DC: Migration Policy Institute. Retrieved from