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Adjusting to a World in MotionTrends in Global Migration and Migration Policy$
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Douglas J. Besharov and Mark H. Lopez

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780190211394

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190211394.001.0001

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Immigrants in the United States

Immigrants in the United States

Many, Diverse, and Growing

(p.81) 4 Immigrants in the United States
Adjusting to a World in Motion

Eileen Patten

Oxford University Press

Today, more than 40 million immigrants live in the United States, making up 13 percent of the US population, and making the United States the world’s top receiving country for international migrants. This chapter examines the characteristics of the US immigrant population—both legal and unauthorized—and the trends that have shaped it. It also provides an overview of US immigration policy changes and US public opinion on immigrants and immigration policy. US immigration trends have changed many times since the nineteenth century, with the most recent wave of immigrants tracing their roots to Latin American and Asia, a change from earlier European waves of immigrants. More recently, another shift has been underway, as Asia replaces Latin America as the top region of origin of newly arriving immigrants.

Keywords:   US immigration, US immigration policy, unauthorized immigrants, US immigrant characteristics, immigration trends

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