News / USA

Report: Asian Immigrants to US Surpass Hispanics

Immigrant rights supporters walk to a nearby rally with the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island in the background, in Jersey City, New Jersey, April 2006.
Immigrant rights supporters walk to a nearby rally with the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island in the background, in Jersey City, New Jersey, April 2006.
VOA News
A new study says Asian Americans have overtaken Hispanics as the largest group of new immigrants arriving in the United States each year.

The report released Tuesday by the Pew Research Center, a U.S.-based fact-finding organization, also found that Asian Americans are the "highest-income, best-educated and fastest growing racial group in the United States."




The study, The Rise of Asian Americans, found that Asians living in the U.S. are more likely than the general public to be satisfied with their lives, finances and the direction of the country.

Cary Funk, a senior researcher for the report, said various factors are influencing Asians to immigrate to the United States, including employment and educational opportunities.

“Generally, it’s a mix of reasons," she said. "One of the most common reasons for immigration is for family reunification, but it’s usually a mix of employment and education and family reasons that Asians, as well as other immigrants, are coming to the U.S.”

Interview with Vivian Louie, Associate Professor of Education at the Harvard University Graduate School of Education
Interview With Vivian Louie, Associate Professor of Education at the Harvard University Graduate School of Educationi
|| 0:00:00
...
 
🔇
X

The study cited a rise in Asian Americans from less than one percent of the U.S. population in 1965 to 5.8 percent today. Funk called that increase "striking," but she could not pinpoint how high it will go in the future.

"Part of that rise has to do with the change in our immigration policies in 1965, so that opened the immigration stream from all parts of the world," she said. "What we’re seeing from Asian Americans, keep in mind, is that they are a majority immigrant group, [with] 74 percent of Asian American adults [being] foreign-born. Of course there’s some variation across sub-groups of Asians, but of the six largest U.S. Asian groups, Japanese Americans are majority U.S.-born, and the other five are majority foreign-born.”

Asians are coming to the United States from dozens of countries in the Far East, Southeast Asia and the Indian subcontinent.

While Asian immigration to the U.S. has increased only slightly in recent years, the survey said Asians have become the new face of U.S. immigration largely because of a sharp decline in Hispanic immigrants.

About 430,000 Asians, or 36 percent of all new immigrants, arrived in the U.S. in 2010, as compared with about 370,000, or 31 percent, who were Hispanic.

According to the Pew Research Center, Asian immigrants are more likely than some other groups to arrive legally in the United States. It said up to 15 percent of Asian immigrants are in the U.S. illegally, compared to 45 percent of Hispanic immigrants.

The comprehensive survey, based on interviews with more than 3,500 Asian Americans, also found that Asians in the U.S. place more value than other Americans on marriage, parenthood, hard work, and career success.

It said more than six-in-ten adults who have come from Asia in recent years have at least a bachelor's degree, saying this "almost surely makes the recent Asian arrivals the most highly educated cohort of immigrants in U.S. history."

You May Like

Multimedia Social Media Documenting, Not Driving, Hong Kong Protests

Unlike in Arab Spring uprisings, pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong aren't relying on Twitter and Facebook to organize, but social media still plays a role More

Analysis: Occupy Central Not Exactly Hong Kong’s Tiananmen

VOA's former Hong Kong, Beijing correspondent compares and contrasts 1989 Tiananmen Square protest with what is now happening in Hong Kong More

Bambari Hospital a Lone Place of Help in Violence-Plagued CAR

Only establishment still functioning in CAR's second city is main hospital More

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
The Legacy of Jimmy Carter: The Preacher from Plainsi
X
October 01, 2014 10:45 AM
It is common in the United States to see tourists flock to sites associated with America's presidents. Some are privately owned and others are run by the National Park Service or the National Archives -- but most have helped draw business and people into the towns and cities where they are located. As VOA’s Kane Farabaugh reports, there is one particular presidential hometown that is unique in what it has to offer those who make the trip.
Video

Video The Legacy of Jimmy Carter: The Preacher from Plains

It is common in the United States to see tourists flock to sites associated with America's presidents. Some are privately owned and others are run by the National Park Service or the National Archives -- but most have helped draw business and people into the towns and cities where they are located. As VOA’s Kane Farabaugh reports, there is one particular presidential hometown that is unique in what it has to offer those who make the trip.
Video

Video Hong Kong Protests Draw New Supporters on National Holiday

On the 65th anniversary of the founding of Communist China, Hong Kong protesters are hoping to stage the largest pro-democracy demonstration since the 1989 Tiananmen protests. VOA's Brian Padden visited one of the protest sites mid-day, when the atmosphere was calm and where the supporters were enthusiastic about joining what they are calling the umbrella revolution.
Video

Video India's PM Continues First US Visit

India's prime minister is on his first visit to Washington, to strengthen political and economic ties between the world's oldest and the world biggest democracies. He came to the U.S. capital from New York, the first stop on his five-day visit to the country that denied him an entry visa in the past. From Washington, Zlatica Hoke reports Modi seemed most focused on attracting foreign investment and trade to increase job opportunities for his people.
Video

Video Malaysia Struggles to Stop People Joining Jihad

Malaysian authorities say militant groups like the so-called "Islamic State" have used social media to entice at least three dozen Malaysian Muslims to fight in what they call "jihad" in Syria and Iraq. As Mahi Ramkrishnan reports from Kuala Lumpur, counterterrorism police are deeply worried about what could happen when these militants return home.
Video

Video Could US Have Done More to Stop Rise of Islamic State?

President Obama says airstrikes against Islamic State militants in Syria will likely continue for some time because, in his words, "there is a cancer that has grown for too long." So what if President Obama had acted sooner in Syria to arm more-moderate opponents of both the Islamic State and the Syrian government? VOA State Department Correspondent Scott Stearns reports from the United Nations.
Video

Video Treasure Hunters Seek 'Hidden Treasure' in Central Kenya

Could a cave in a small village in central Kenya be the site of buried treasure? A rumor of riches, left behind by colonialists, has some residents dreaming of wealth, while others see it as a dangerous hoax. VOA's Gabe Joselow has the story.
Video

Video Ebola Patients Find No Treatment at Sierra Leone Holding Center

At a holding facility in Makeni, central Sierra Leone, dozens of sick people sit on the floor in an empty university building. They wait in filthy conditions. It's a 16-hour drive by ambulance to Kailahun Ebola treatment center. Adam Bailes was there and reports on what he says are some of the worst situations he has seen since the beginning of this Ebola outbreak. And he says it appears case numbers may already be far worse than authorities acknowledge.
Video

Video Identifying Bodies Found in Texas Border Region

Thousands of immigrants have died after crossing the border from Mexico into remote areas of the southwestern United States in recent years. Local officials in south Texas alone have found hundreds of unidentified bodies and buried them in mass graves in local cemeteries. Now an anthropologist and her students at Baylor University have been exhuming bodies and looking for clues to identify them. VOA’s Greg Flakus has more from Waco, Texas.
Colonel Steve ‘Spiros’ Pisanos left Greece and came to the U.S. to learn to fly. He flew fighters for the Allies in World War II, narrowly escaping death multiple times.Colonel Steve ‘Spiros’ Pisanos left Greece and came to the U.S. to learn to fly. He flew fighters for the Allies in World War II, narrowly escaping death multiple times.

AppleAndroid