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April 2015

Immigrants Set To Drive US Population Growth

Published: Friday 24 April 2015

A new report carried out by the Centre for Immigration Studies (CIS) reveals that one in seven residents of the United States will be an immigrant by 2023. According to US Census figures, without any changes to the country’s current immigration policy, by 2023 the total immigrant population in the United States will reach 14.8 per cent, the highest ever recorded in American history. This would take the documented and undocumented immigrant population in the United States up to 51million. What’s more, that number could rise to one in five by 2060, when the country’s immigrant population is predicted to reach 78 million. Should this prediction come to pass, immigrants will account for 82 per cent of all US population growth by 2060. As recently as 1990, immigrants accounted for just 7.9 per cent of U.S. population. CIS director of research Steven Camarota said that the growth in immigrant population has “important implications for workers, schools, infrastructure, congestion and the environment”. “They also may have implications for our ability to successfully assimilate and integrate immigrants,” he added. “Yet there has been almost no national debate about bringing in so many people legally each year, which is the primary factor driving these numbers.” In spite of the country’s growing immigrant population, the US government has come under increasing pressure to significantly increase the current H-1B visa quotas from some of the US’s biggest companies. Firms including Microsoft and Google claim that they need more leeway to bring in skilled workers from abroad, as there are not enough qualified American workers to fill job vacancies.