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U.S. immigrants drive population growth

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U.S. immigrants drive population growth

As U.S. immigrant populations reach all-time highs, experts predict a greater contribution to the country’s population growth, according to multiple reports.

The impact of immigration on U.S. population growth is not a new revelation. In a 2015 report, the Pew Research Center said that immigrants would play a key role in the country’s population growth over the following 50 years.

The report found that “immigrants and their descendants have been the main driver of U.S. population growth, as well as of national racial and ethnic change, since the passage of the 1965 law that rewrote national immigration policy.”

According to the same report, without immigrants, America’s population would have grown by less than half the rate it did with their introduction.

The number of immigrants in the United States reached 46.2 million in November 2021, “the largest number of immigrants ever recorded in any government survey or U.S. census going back to 1850”. America’s population has increased by 60 percent of what it was 50 years ago.

Pew predicted in its 2015 report that in the following 50 years, the U.S. immigrant population would grow to reach 78 million, a rate of 74% more than double that of the U.S.-born population. It also said that foreign-born U.S. residents will make up 18% of the population by 2065.

Today’s U.S. foreign-born residents represent 14.2 percent of the nation’s population, according to census data, three times the 1970 proportion of 4.7 percent, which is America’s historic low.

If you have any questions regarding your immigration journey, and how this may affect you or your loved ones, do not hesitate to reach out to Ibrahim Law Office of Chicago.

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