The Growth of Asian-Americans

America was once called a nation of immigrants, and to a certain extent that is true. The original and first immigrants were from Europe and countries such as Britain, Germany, Ireland, Holland, and Italy. But as time went on it was America’s near neighbors, the people of Latin America, that have become the majority of America’s foreign-born residents. Today that demographic is changing too, many of the Latin American countries have grown up out of third-world status and the need to emigrate to the U.S has not been as strong. The new immigrants coming into America are now from Asia.

Ancestry of Asians in America

Data has been collected from a period of five years from 2010 of which Asian countries have been entering the U.S and their numbers.

  • China – 4,948
  • India – 3,982,
  • Philippines – 3,899
  • Vietnam – 1,980
  • Korea – 1,822
  • Japan – 1,411

Other countries such as Cambodia, Thailand, Laos, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Myanmar, and Hmong also had considerable figures that arrived in America during this period. In fact, other peoples from countries such as Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, and Indonesia had a large representative of immigrants coming to live in the U.S.

Foreign-Born Residents

Government immigration figures from the U.S Census Bureau back-up the data highlighted, and it is now estimated the number of foreign-born residents living in America is at its highest level for over a century, and the newest immigrants are from Asia. The Brookings Institute analyzed this data from the Census Bureau which is from 2010 right up to 2017, and the data returned was that over forty percent of immigrants coming into the U.S during this period were from Asia. This is compared to Latin America whose figures had diminished to thirty-nine percent. It is agreed that as a percentage of foreign-born U.S residents, Latin America holds the most people. In fact, half over America’s total population is from Latin America. But recent data shows that this demographic is shifting in favor of Asia.

University of Michigan

The Populations Center of the University of Michigan recently published its own findings from data taken in 2010. It showed that Chinese and Indian residents were the largest and second-largest of the American-Asian population, and the greatest numbers of both groups had settled in New York City. Whereas the city of Los Angeles was home to more Korean, Vietnamese, and Filipino residents. But as the increase of Asian immigrants continue into the U.S, communities of Asians have sprung up in other parts of the nation, including Raleigh, Austin, and Atlanta.

A Rise in Education Levels

The majority of the Asian immigrants are educated to a high level, studies conducted show that almost half of the Asian immigrants coming into America after 2010 had degrees. But the income status of these Asian immigrants happens to be the lowest of all foreign-born U.S residents. And the disparity between the high earning Asian immigrants and the low earning Asian immigrants is massive at almost 10-1.

It looks like very much that the trend of Asian immigrants coming into America will rise even higher, but there are some inequalities that need ironing out before they have the same level of income and quality of jobs as the rest of American immigrants.

KMME 2021