U.S. immigrant population reaches 40 million

October 8th, 2011 - 4:49 am ICT by BNO News  

WASHINGTON, D.C. (BNO NEWS) — The population of immigrants in the United States has grown to more than 40 million people, according to a study released by the New Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) on Friday.

The center’s analysis of Census Bureau data considered the nation’s both legal and illegal immigrant population, which is sometimes referred to as the foreign-born.

The 40 million immigrant population was calculated for the year 2010, which marks the highest number in U.S. history. During the last ten years, from 2000 to 2010, nearly 14 million new immigrants - legal and illegal - settled in the country. Three-fourths of immigrants in the country are legal.

The high numbers of immigrants has continued to increase throughout the years despite a net decline of jobs during the decade. Latin Americans accounted for 58 percent of the growth in the immigrant population during those ten years, with Mexico (29 percent) being the country with the most.

According to the analysis, the nation’s immigrant population has doubled since 1990, nearly tripled since 1980, and quadrupled since 1970 when it stood at 9.7 million. However, the center noted that new arrivals are offset by out-migration and deaths. As a result, the net increase in the immigrant population was more than 8.8 million over the last decade, from 31.1 million in 2000.

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