Wednesday, July 16, 2003

Indians Second Largest Immigrant Group to America

Interesting report from the Times of India indicating that India accounts for second largest number of legal immigrants to the United States even after the post 9/11 hysteria that has taken over the United States with regards to South Asians and immigration in itself.

"According to the latest report from the US Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services (BCIS), more than one million persons legally immigrated to the United States in fiscal year 2002, about the same number as the previous year, of which 71,105 people were Indians. Five countries accounted for 40 percent of immigrants. Mexico accounted for the largest number of legal immigrants with 219,380, followed by India, The People's Republic of China (61,282), Philippines (51,308) and Vietnam (33,627). The bureau said of the total number of legal immigrants, 384,427 obtained their immigrant visas abroad, and 653,259 were already living in the United States and became permanent residents by applying for adjustment of status with the former Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) -- which became BCIS when the Department of Homeland Security was created earlier this year."


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