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Asians to lead immigration trend by 2055, study predicts

Asian immigrants are projected to surpass Hispanic immigrants to become the largest immigrant group in 2055, according to a recent Pew Research Center analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data.

Hispanic immigrants account for 47 percent of the current immigrant population, but will drop to 31 percent due to the declining immigration from Latin America, especially Mexico. Meanwhile, Asian immigrants, including Pacific Islanders, will overtake the lead by 2055. The population of Asian immigrants will surge from 26 percent in 2015 to 38 percent by 2065. Black immigrants and white immigrants combined are projected to have a slight growth, increasing from 26 percent in 2015 to 29 percent by 2065.

According to the study released on Sep 28, nearly 59 million immigrants have arrived in the U.S. since 1965, which has shifted the nation’s foreign-born population from 9.5 million to 45 million in 2015. The number will expand to 78 million by 2065, which will account for 18 percent of the nation’s population by that time. The total population is estimated to reach 441 million in 2065.

The shift of racial and ethnic compositions will result in a more diverse society in the U.S, as non-Hispanic whites are estimated to decline from 62 percent of the population to 46 percent in 2065. Meanwhile the share of other racial and ethnic groups will all increase on different levels. In the national population, Hispanics will rise from currently 18 percent to 24 percent; Asians are expected to grow from 6 percent to 14 percent; the figure for blacks will grow slightly from 12 percent to 13 percent.

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