United States Immigration by Country

Name the top countries of origin for immigrants to the United States who gained permanent residence status in 2018.
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Last updated: January 22, 2020
First submittedDecember 27, 2010
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Country
15%
160,132
Mexico
125%
75,159
Cuba
-9%
64,328
China
6%
57,286
Dominican Republic
-14%
56,761
India
-21%
44,776
Philippines
11%
33,236
Vietnam
23%
22,884
El Salvador
-6%
21,091
Haiti
3%
19,986
Jamaica
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Country
-22%
17,253
South Korea
-27%
15,950
Colombia
65%
15,417
Jordan
27%
15,286
Brazil
48%
15,172
Guatemala
-26%
14,337
Canada
1%
13,965
Ethiopia
111%
13,492
Honduras
76%
13,097
Turkey
-20%
11,867
United Kingdom
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Level 37
Oct 12, 2013
They must only be counting legal immigration for Mexico because there's more than 500,000 that walk across the border annually
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Level 49
Jan 19, 2015
it is unknown. But usually right groups way over inflate the numbers, A politican here in AZ said 15 million a year, and then there are other groups that say it is like 5K a year.. it lies somewhere in hte middle but closer to 5K than 15 million.. whatever the case, building a fence isn't the answer it is more complex than that
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Level 64
Jan 2, 2018
The wall is part of a larger comprehensive immigration reform plan -- Raise Act, Visa reform, ending chain migration, ending the lottery program, increased border security and number of officers etc. The wall itself will only accomplish so much, but when combined with these other actions it is an integral part of a bigger plan to keep Americans safe.
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Level 70
Feb 7, 2018
from brown people. (forgot to finish your sentence)
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Level 75
Feb 14, 2018
That's hilarious - if it were 15 million per year then Mexico would be deserted in under a decade
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Level 80
Feb 18, 2018
roley: yeah that's absurd. If we want to be kind to the politician in question we could say he got confused and quoted the number of Mexican immigrants in the US in total, not that come annually, and the number is probably close to being right.

tshalla: you're oversimplifying.

UrinePig: everything Trump has planned- though calling it a plan is really giving him way more credit than he deserves, let's say everything Trump was word vomited- is some combination of stupid, counter-productive, redundant, or unnecessary. All of it is red meat thrown to his supporters that are bigots, racists and xenophobes. Very little of it is informed by anything like a constructive policy idea. The small bits that are are things that have been fed to him by the likes of Steve Bannon who see themselves as defenders of Western civilization and immigration as corrosive. While I don't disagree with Bannon on everything these people are at best ignorant and misguided.

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Level 73
Mar 15, 2018
Yeah, TinklePork, you really drunk the Kool Aid on that one. The wall is complete nonsense - incredibly expensive, ineffective and completely redundant even if it were effective.
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Level 64
Jul 15, 2018
The invaders, interlopers, and armies never got through the Great Wall... oh wait. But, it'll work this time.
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Level 82
Jul 23, 2018
An enormous portion of the border is the Rio Grande. Out of curiosity, what there? You can't run it through the middle of an international waterway, can't put it on Mexican land, so...just block off American access to one of the major rivers of the U.S., the only substantial water hole for people anywhere along that arid stretch of country?
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Level 50
Jan 23, 2020
TinklePork: Nonsense.
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Level 48
Jan 26, 2020
@kalbahamut I personally do not support Trump, but my best friend is a Trump supporter and he's not a bigot, racist, or xenophobe. Just be careful throwing around sentences like that.
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Level 33
Jul 14, 2020
senex: the commutative property can be applied to everyone. I don't know how left wing you are, but by the commutative property liberals are socialists and socialists are liberals; most people who identify as either would strongly disagree with this. I do agree that Trump is absolutely terrible, but when there's literally only two major parties the commutative property really falls flat. (Disclaimer: I may be misunderstanding what you mean by commutative property.)
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Level 80
Aug 23, 2020
"his supporters that are bigots" could be read to mean the portion of his supporters that fit that description. It doesn't have to be read to mean all of his supporters are bigots. Which I don't believe is true. Some Trump supporters are not racists or bigots, they're just okay with racism and bigotry. Or they literally never turn on the news.
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Level 49
Oct 7, 2020
The wall is too expensive. And the purpose is useless.
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Level 31
Mar 10, 2019
500k per year seems quite a realistic, if you are just counting bodies crossing from Mexico. At least half of them is surely not Mexican but running running through Mexico from countries like Honduras, Guatemala, Nicaragua, El Salvador and maybe even some of the islands in Caribbean.
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Level 50
Jan 23, 2020
I don't think you can give official permanent resident status to illegal immigrants, so no they probably are not counting them.
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Level 56
Apr 10, 2015
Are refugees included? Somalia has got to be on the list!
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Level 61
Jun 10, 2017
Definitely not
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Level 37
Feb 19, 2018
I put in Somalia. I was certain that it would be on the list.

It must be dying down from when it was big in the middle of the last decade.

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Level 58
Feb 19, 2018
According to Pew, the highest number of refugees in 2016 came from D.R. Congo (16,300). About 9,000 came from Somalia, so even if refugees were counted (which I'm assuming they were not) Somalia would not quite make it onto this list.

http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2017/01/30/key-facts-about-refugees-to-the-u-s/

[and I realize this question is old enough that maybe the numbers are different, but I found a report from 2014 that also cites 9000 refugees for that year: https://www.dhs.gov/sites/default/files/publications/Refugees_Asylees_2014.pdf]

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Level 74
May 25, 2015
Got Peru with 2 seconds to spare to get all 20
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Level 65
May 25, 2015
I'm 100% sure that I put Canada there. Should be my phone...
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Level 63
May 27, 2015
I was surprised that some countries were not on the list but figured it had to do with the "permanent residence status". Not all immigrants get a permanent residence status right when immigrating. There's always people with limited visas that would probably rise the numbers if included. If I got this right.
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Level 58
Jul 23, 2018
Indeed. From friends at school whose families eventually got Green cards, it seems to take 2~14 years to get through the process *after* you meet the requirements to apply.
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Level 72
Nov 11, 2019
Nobody gets permanent residence right when they immigrate. It takes at least 5 years and thousands of dollars, even via the easiest routes (eg, marriage).
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Level 27
Sep 30, 2016
Ireland or england acceptable for united kingdom?
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Level 43
Jan 30, 2017
1. Ireland is a completely independent nation separate from the UK.

2. England is more like a state within the UK, much like Scotland or Wales.

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Level 48
Jan 26, 2020
Ireland... seriously, I really hope you're joking
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Level 66
Mar 24, 2020
As a matter of fact part of Ireland is in the UK. Maybe advisable to use "Eire" when you mean only the Republic. But even then perhaps that would mean the whole island to some.
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Level 72
Dec 21, 2017
Has anyone studied the stats comparing Canada & Us on things like murder rates and other violence? Incarceration rates? Life expectancy? Infant mortality? overall education? It goes on and on. I have traveled every state in US (except Hawaii), have many friends and family collections there. However -- I feel Canada is safer, kinder, more democratic, etc. Yes -- I'm biased, but also there are facts that entirely support what I am saying.
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Level 66
Dec 31, 2017
I would say for the people that are moving those statistics don't matter much. The reasonably wealthy who can afford to move can probably manage to avoid breaking the law, take care of their health, have healthy children, get a good education, etc. Just because a country has poor people, obese people, people who make bad choices and do drugs, etc. doesn't mean that everyone in that country or who moves to that country is going to have a reduced standard of living. Just because the US overall has a higher rate of incarceration and a lower life expectancy doesn't actually mean that a person who moves from Canada to the US is suddenly more likely to get arrested or die.
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Level 71
Feb 3, 2018
Most everything you listed in your stats are personal lifestyle choices. If you choose to live in bad neighborhoods, bad things will happen -- I would be willing to bet the same could be said of Canada. Incarceration? Don't commit any crimes and this won't be a problem for you. Life expectancy? Again, where and how you live determines that -- as it would in Canada. Why does overall education matter to you if you have an education? If you're talking quality for your children, private schools are top notch. While I have no doubt I wouldn't mind living in Canada, I'm not yet ready to give up on the US. Both have positives and both have negatives. It's what you do in your own life with those life choices that make either or both country ideal for you.
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Level 21
Feb 5, 2018
Your mindset is one of privilege.

If you are born into a poor neighbourhood you do not have any choice. Most people who live in poor neighbourhoods are born in poor neighbourhoods.

At least in Canada people have access to universal health care and a reasonably compatible education.

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Level 72
Jan 27, 2020
Choose to live in bad neighborhoods. Life expectancy based on your personal good behavior. Overall education doesn’t matter.

I’d be laughing if it wasn’t so horrifying.

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Level 80
Feb 5, 2018
There are many areas in the US where the public schools are much better than the private schools and also among the best in the world. But it's a big country.
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Level 80
Feb 5, 2018
Also, good points Frost and Kapul, and fair enough Clovers, but... for the overwhelming majority of people including most that are included in these stats, they move for economic reasons. Jobs, salary, opportunity... with smaller numbers moving for other reasons.
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Level 57
Feb 19, 2018
Statistically speaking, Canada does not have a hot desert. So if a Canadian person wants to live in a big city in a hot desert in a place that is culturally and physically close. Probably has more to do with not shoveling snow than other factors, such as health care and the glaring superiority of our 3-color flag vs. their 2-color one.
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Level 35
Nov 4, 2019
Canada's cannot even compare to our flag! Its not even American!
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Level 48
Jan 26, 2020
Yeah! I don't see any stars! not even stripes!
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Level 80
Feb 21, 2018
I hadn't considered the flag issue. That's a good point.
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Level 65
Feb 24, 2018
The Canadian flag is one of the most recognizable in the world, and in my opinion a great design.
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Level 80
Feb 25, 2018
oh come on, kiwi, that was obviously a joke. Though if we're going to take it seriously I do find Canada's and pretty much any bi-color flags to be bland.
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Level 75
Nov 6, 2019
I think the US flag is horribly garish.

But who cares what it looks like? It's just a symbol

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Level 88
Jan 23, 2020
Honestly, I wish more people cared about flag design. The US and Canadian flags are both solid examples of good design (the US flag flirts with being over-complicated, but makes up for it in symbolism). National Flags are usually pretty good, though tending towards the bland, but state/province/county and especially city flags are often really really bad.

This video is worth your time on the subject.

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Level 80
Oct 18, 2020
I think the American flag strikes the perfect balance between being too busy and too simple.
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Level 82
Dec 22, 2017
People appear to be forgetting all the countries beginning with E
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Level 70
Feb 6, 2018
Try the other way, Countries US Citizens have moved to .........here it is
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Level 58
Feb 19, 2018
Thank you for the link!
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Level 61
Feb 18, 2018
Part of my strategy for this quiz was just to guess all the nationalities of immigrants in my area, since I live 10 minutes away from the US border. Then I guessed a bunch of Latin American that were close to the US. Funny though that it never occurred to me that Canada is also close to the US.... *facepalm*
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Level 48
Feb 18, 2018
Some of these were quite hard actually.
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Level 80
Feb 25, 2018
I think if you ever lived certain places in the United States, for example Washington, New York, or Los Angeles, then the quiz is quite a bit easier.
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Level 60
Feb 18, 2018
Durn! Norway is not in the list. :)
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Level 78
Feb 18, 2018
Surprisingly got them all!
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Level 79
Feb 18, 2018
When you miss one because you're sure you already typed it. Sigh.
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Level 45
Feb 26, 2019
That happens to me all the time, ugh.
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Level 49
Feb 18, 2018
Surprised not to see New Jersey on this list. Those people are everywhere.
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Level 65
Feb 24, 2018
Got them all but one - never knew Ethiopia would be up there.
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Level 60
Oct 17, 2018
The reason for the decline in Indian immigrants ought to be Trump.
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Level 67
Jan 20, 2019
This was HARD especially if you arent from the usa. The countries we get the bulk of immigrants from werent event on the list! Hardly any arab countries, actually, just egypt. And no turkey
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Level 80
Mar 10, 2019
The USA isn't Europe. Different geography, different history, different foreign relationships.
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Level 74
Jul 10, 2019
Your source mentions Austria-Hungary. Austria-Hungary?!
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Level 80
Sep 21, 2019
They must have been waiting a very long time for their residency status to come through.
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Level 77
Jan 22, 2020
Still, it lasted 13 years longer than Norway-Sweden. No mention of China though in the notes?
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Level 49
Nov 3, 2019
missed Haiti :(
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Level 69
Jan 22, 2020
Surprised to see no Venezuela!
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Level 77
Jan 22, 2020
Jordan???
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Level 80
Jan 23, 2020
That surprised me quite a bit, too. Though bear in mind that this is only from a single year. Must have been a spike recently.
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Level 48
Jan 23, 2020
Genuinely curious about this one. I'm Jordanian-American but I don't see Jordanians too often here. Egyptians, I've seen plenty. Jordanians, not too much.
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Level 66
Mar 24, 2020
I think the stats are counting people according to the last place they lived. A lot of people are displaced to Jordan because of the problems all around. I guess that if they then subsequently manage to make their way to the the States and gain some settled status there then many are counted as having come from Jordan, even though not born there.
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Level 80
Aug 23, 2020
The immigrants from Muslim countries you run into around Northern Virginia and DC include a ton of Persians, a lot of Indians and Pakistanis, a lot of Saudis, some Afghans, some Syrians, some Iraqis, some Turks, some Egyptians, a good number of Somalis, a handful of Lebanese, Bosnian, Palestinian, Filipino, and SE Asian Muslims... I don't think I've ever run into Jordanians, either. Maybe two or three times at most. I think I've met more Kazakhs.
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Level 80
Jan 23, 2020
I'm guessing Venezuela will make it for 2019. Was this only just updated for 2018 now?
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Level 74
Jan 25, 2020
Not a lot of European countries these days. I was expecting to see at least one from the East.
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Level 72
Jan 27, 2020
After guessing the obvious UK, I only tried Moldova. I figure, if Moldova’s not on there, nobody else from Europe is coming.
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Level 77
Jan 29, 2020
Moldova is quite small though.
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Level 80
Aug 23, 2020
Much easier for Eastern Europeans these days to migrate to Western Europe. Especially since some Eastern European countries are now in the EU, and the Iron Curtain has come down. The biggest waves of East European immigrants to the United States occurred from the early to mid 19th century and on into the mid 20th century, with a huge spike from about 1880 to 1920, and another large increase after World War 2. Not a whole lot coming in these days, comparatively speaking.