While much is made about the growth of the Hispanic population and how Latinos, who are now more than 16 percent of the population and are projected by the U.S. Census to be 30 percent of the nation by 2050, the fastest growing immigrant minority is not Spanish speaking.
Asians are now the largest group of immigrants to the United States.
About 430,000 Asian immigrants arrived in the U.S in 2010, compared to about 370,000 people of Hispanic origin.
That accounts for 36 percent of this country’s immigration flow, compared to Hispanic’s 31 percent, according to a recent study by the Pew Research Center called “Rise of Asian Americans.”
The study, reported in VOXXI earlier, says that part of this shift is due to a decline in Hispanic immigration. In 2007, about 390,000 Asians arrived in this country compared to 540,000 Hispanics. Then Hispanic immigration declined to 31 percent from 2007 to 2010, while Asian immigration increased to 10 percent, the study says.
Although they make up the largest share of recent immigrants, they’re a rare population considering they have varied experiences and heterogeneity. The study also notes that they have the highest income and are the best educated of any racial or ethnic group in the country.
According to the George Washington University School of Media and Public Affairs Face the Facts initiative, an influx of educated Asians is filling the demand for science and engineering talent. Asian students earn 45 percent of engineering PhDs awarded in the U.S. despite comprising only 5.6 percent of the population.
Asians, although a highly diverse population, share commonalities including the fact that they have the highest educational attainment levels among all ethnic or racial groups, the study said.