For years, Hispanics represented the highest percentage of people immigrating to the United States, but that has changed. According to a new study by the Pew Research Institute, people from Asia now represent the fastest-growing immigrant group in the United States.
The Pew study showed that the annual arrival of Hispanic immigrants declined from 59 percent of all immigrants in 2000 to 31 percent in 2010. On the other hand, the percentage of immigrants who were Asian increased from 19 percent to 36 percent over the same period of time.
On the other hand, Hispanic immigrants still make up a larger chunk of the populations. In 2011, 52 million Latinos made up 16 percent of the United States population. Comparably, 18.2 million Asian-Americans made up 5.8 percent of the population in 2011, increasing from a mere 1 percent in 1965.
The Pew study also showed that there are certain states with especially high Asian immigrant populations and those are Hawaii, California, New Jersey and New York. Florida and North Carolina, however, have much smaller Asian-American populations that remain around 2 percent.
Being an election year, the Pew study was also used as a way to predict how immigrants will vote. It indicated that Asian Americans most typically identify with the Democratic Party, with only 28 percent saying they are Republican. The study also revealed that the majority Asian Americans support a larger government with more services, while 36 percent support a limited government.
There is no doubt that the entire immigrant population in the United States will play an important role in the upcoming election.
Source: MSNBC, "Study: Asian immigration on the rise in U.S.," Reid Chandler, June 20, 2012