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COUNTRY OF ORIGIN FOR MIGRANTS LIVING IN THE U.S.


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Quality data can serve as a starting point allowing people to talk about sensitive subjects. Good data can also help us cut through the noise created by highly charged, political hot-button topics, such as immigration and immigration policies in the U.S.

Pew Research tracks the country of origin for international migrants living in the U.S. going back to 1990. Pew's numbers represent all people born outside of the U.S. who are currently living in the U.S. and includes: naturalized citizens, people on a work visa or through another legal process, and undocumented immigrants.

An international migrant is defined by the United Nations Population Division as "someone who has been living for one year or longer in a country other than the one in which he or she was born."

So, where are we? According to Pew, the estimated total number of international migrant living in the U.S. during 2017 was 49,780,000, or about 15.3% of the total U.S. population.

More specifically, the top-10 countries of origin for international migrants living in the U.S. during 2017:



Immigrants In The U.S. - 2017
Country of Origin Total Immigrants Share of U.S. Immigrants Share of Total U.S. Population
Mexico 12,680,000 25.47% 3.89%
China 2,420,000 4.86% 0.74%
India 2,310,000 4.64% 0.71%
Philippines 2,080,000 4.18% 0.64%
Puerto Rico 1,900,000 3.82% 0.58%
Vietnam 1,410,000 2.83% 0.43%
El Salvador 1,390,000 2.79% 0.43%
Cuba 1,250,000 2.51% 0.38%
South Korea 1,180,000 2.37% 0.36%
Dominican Republic 1,070,000 2.15% 0.33%
Canada 890,000 1.79% 0.27%

While Canada is not the 11th highest country of origin for international migrants living in the U.S. during 2017 (Canada is in 12th place), it was included due to its close proximity.