More Immigrants Coming From Middle East Than Central America

by Veronica Coffin on September 26, 2014



Number of immigrants from Middle East almost doubles numbers from Central America between 2010-2013


By Bradford Thomas


A new study by the Center for Immigration Studies based on U.S. census data found that in 2013, nearly 2.5 million immigrants in the U.S. came from “predominantly Muslim countries,” an increase of 63% since 2000. The study also found that between 2010 and 2013, the number of immigrants from the Middle East almost doubled that of Central America.

The study, which takes into account both legal and illegal immigration numbers, shows that 2,480,407 immigrants from Muslim-majority countries currently reside inside the U.S., a 63% increase since 2000, when census numbers showed almost a million fewer from that region (1,518,755). Between 2010 and 2013, the number increased by 300,000.

The CIS report also showed that between 2010 and 2013, 207,758 immigrants moved to the U.S. from the Middle East, a 13% growth, while only about half that, 113,744, came from Central America.

Overall, the biggest influx of immigrants, both legal and illegal, in recent years came from South Asia, East Asia, and the Caribbean. Between 2010 and 2013, South Asia (which includes India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh) sent 372,546 immigrants, East Asia (includes China, Korea and Vietnam) sent 364,909, and the Caribbean sent 223,011. During that same time, census data shows that the Mexican immigrant population dropped by over 100,00.

The report’s authors, Steven Camarota and Karen Zeigler, found that the number of legal and illegal immigrants residing in America hit a record 41.3 million last year. All told, 3.3 million new immigrants arrived in America between July 2010 and July 2013, with a net growth of the immigration population of 1.4 million during that time due to “return migration and deaths among the existing population.”



Previous post:

Next post: