Los Angeles (dpa) – Asians made up the largest group of immigrants entering the US in 2010 as the flow of Latino immigrants slowed due to stricter border controls and the stuttering economy, according to a study issued Tuesday.
The report by the Pew Research Centre also found that the various ethnic groups that make up the Asian-born community had high scores on many of the most important barometers for immigrant success, including financial performance and social integration.
The study said Asian immigrants represented 36 per cent of all new immigrants to the US in 2010, up from 19 per cent a decade earlier, while Hispanic immigrants fell from 59 per cent to 31 per cent.
Asians represented just 11 per cent of illegal immigrants, compared to 75 per cent for Hispanic immigrants.
The study found that the median household income for Asian immigrants was 66,000 dollars per year, 8,000 dollars above the median for white households. Six out of 10 Asians who have come to the US in recent years also have at least a bachelor’s degree – reflecting their arrival on the basis of employer sponsorship rather than family reunification.
The report found that there are approximately 18.2 million Asians in the US, or 5.8 per cent of the total population.
”In an economy that increasingly relies on highly skilled workers, they are the best-educated, highest-income, fastest-growing race group in the country,” the report said.