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United States Immigration by Country

Name the top countries of origin for immigrants to the United States who gained permanent residence status in 2016.
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Last updated: April 27, 2018
First submittedDecember 27, 2010
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Country
30%
172,726
Mexico
7.1%
77,658
China
42%
66,120
Cuba
-17%
61,691
India
36%
60,613
Dominican Republic
4.1%
50,609
Philippines
36%
40,412
Vietnam
53%
23,185
Haiti
21%
22,833
Jamaica
5.0%
21,329
South Korea
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Country
12%
21,268
El Salvador
9.5%
19,349
Canada
-4.5%
16,830
Colombia
3.4%
14,887
United Kingdom
6.0%
13,699
Ethiopia
32%
13,528
Brazil
11%
13,367
Egypt
62%
12,996
Honduras
27%
12,548
Guatemala
-0.9%
10,779
Ecuador
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level 39
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 66
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 67
Feb 7, 2018
from brown people. (forgot to finish your sentence)
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level 73
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 77
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 69
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 63
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 73
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 29
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 55
Apr 10, 2015
Are refugees included? Somalia has got to be on the list!
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level 54
Jun 10, 2017
Definitely not
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level 38
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 71
May 25, 2015
Got Peru with 2 seconds to spare to get all 20
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level 61
May 25, 2015
I'm 100% sure that I put Canada there. Should be my phone...
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level 61
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 62
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 25
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 66
Dec 21, 2017
I'm thankful every single day that Trump won I can't wait for the RAISE Act to take effect. Immigrants are supposed to be employable, have skills and strengthen America, and have values that parallel America's. That is absolutely not the case with the dangerous and unconstitutional system we have in place now.
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level 77
Feb 5, 2018
my god you are deluded.
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level 44
Feb 5, 2018
Still waiting?
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level 57
Feb 5, 2018
I wholeheartedly agree with kalbahamut.
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level 49
Feb 18, 2018
What is wrong with you? People like you make people like, me who truly love their country, embarrassed and ashamed.
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level 44
Feb 18, 2018
"Immigrants are supposed to be employable, have skills and strengthen America." Immigrants make up a very big part of the agriculture industry, which feeds you. Americans do not want jobs planting, harvesting, etc. By deporting immigrants, you're hurting the US economy. Plus, LEGAL immigrants to the United States are on average more educated that Americans themselves (over half possess a college degree vs. 40% of Americans). Try to look at facts before making unsubstantiated claims.
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level 62
Feb 24, 2018
It is interesting to observe USA from afar (New Zealand). This comment is ignorant and gives Americans a poor reputation.
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level 45
Feb 26, 2019
You're right, it does. Sadly, that's not an inaccurate representation. So many Americans are too caught up in their own first world lives to care about the terrible things people in their neighboring countries have to deal with, and it sucks. America used to represent hope but now all it represents is self-centered behavior and despair.
+4
level ∞
Feb 26, 2019
Every country has good things about them and bad ones too. Except Belgium of course which is universally terrible.
+3
level 77
Mar 10, 2019
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level 45
Feb 26, 2019
Are you kidding? It's not about what immigrants are supposed to be. It's about what America is supposed to be- open to everyone and open and loving towards all. That's what "made America so great" in the beginning was the fact that it represented opportunity for people who didn't have much hope for their futures in their own countries. It still does- that's why immigrants come. Their lives are like living hell and America is supposed to accept them, but with the difficult conditions at the borders, they have to come over illegally. We need to allow them in- to help them, to let them see that we will help them get back on their feet. People like Trump only see them as threats because one immigrant let back into the country was a murderer. The only way to "make America great again" in this category is to allow in the families that have travelled thousands of miles through treacherous conditions just for hope of a better life, not to tear those families apart and ruin their lives more.
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level 45
Feb 26, 2019
Also, in 2018, fires were the worst they had ever been in California. Entire towns were lost, but guess what? Guess who, in spite of the fires right next door, worked laboriously in the fields to produce the food you eat with your silver spoon? Immigrants. People who had to go through hell to get here. So first of all, they DO work and care about this country, and second of all, don't blame the ones who are unemployed for being unemployed when this country does literally everything it can to kick them when they're down and make sure they DON'T find work.
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level 71
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 57
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 70
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 8
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 77
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 77
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 32
Nov 4, 2019
Canada's cannot even compare to our flag! Its not even American!
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level 77
Feb 21, 2018
I hadn't considered the flag issue. That's a good point.
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level 62
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 77
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 73
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 82
Dec 22, 2017
People appear to be forgetting all the countries beginning with E
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level 79
Feb 5, 2018
The numbers for Ecuador and Guatemala are different than the source information. Ecuador is 10,779 and Guatemala 12,548
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level 67
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 62
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 46
Feb 18, 2018
Some of these were quite hard actually.
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level 77
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 55
Feb 18, 2018
Durn! Norway is not in the list. :)
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level 70
Feb 18, 2018
Surprisingly got them all!
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level 76
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 62
Feb 24, 2018
Got them all but one - never knew Ethiopia would be up there.
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level 63
Apr 27, 2018
The last entry has the number wrong, acording to the source.
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level ∞
Apr 27, 2018
Fixed
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level 58
Oct 17, 2018
The reason for the decline in Indian immigrants ought to be Trump.
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level 61
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 77
Mar 10, 2019
The USA isn't Europe. Different geography, different history, different foreign relationships.
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level 65
Jul 10, 2019
Your source mentions Austria-Hungary. Austria-Hungary?!
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level 77
Sep 21, 2019
They must have been waiting a very long time for their residency status to come through.
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level 33
Nov 3, 2019
missed Haiti :(