According to a study released by the Pew Research Center, Asians will surpass Hispanics as the largest source of immigration to the United States by 2065. It came on the fiftieth anniversary of the Immigration and Nationality Act that featured quotas favoring Northern European immigrants.
Since 1965, half of all immigrants to the United States have been from Latin America, especially Mexico. This migration changed the nation's ethnic composition. Fifty years ago, 84% of Americans were non-Hispanic whites in 1965, while that number is now 62%.
A lower birthrate for Mexican women and a slowdown in illegal immigration are among the factors why Asians will surpass Hispanics.
Among the data points included in the study:
By 2065, immigrants are projected to account for 88% of U.S. population growth.
In fifty years, 59 million immigrants have arrived in the U.S. This means that immigrants comprise 14% of the U.S. population. By 2065, the number will increase to 18% by 2065, when the overall total immigrants will be 78 million.
Currently, the U.S. has the largest immigrant population in the world: about 20 percent. Since 1965, immigrants accounted for 55 percent of U.S. population growth. That number exceeds the number of European immigrants of the 19th and 20th centuries.
Since 1965, 51% of new immigrants came from Latin America and 25% are from Asia. By 2065, foreign-born Hispanics are expected to account for 31 percent of the population while Asians will surpass them as the dominant immigrant group by 2055, with 38% of the population.
Non-Hispanic whites are expected to account for less than half of the U.S. population by 2055 and decrease to 46% by 2065.
The top three countries of origin of Asian immigrants are the Philippines, India, and China. The top three destinations in the U.S. for these immigrants are California, New York, and Texas, which are home to nearly half of all Asian immigrants in the country.