U.S. immigration from southeast Asia, Middle East skyrockets

Washington Times — Immigration from southeast Asia and the Middle East has skyrocketed in the last few years, according to a report released Thursday that found the overall immigrant population has hit a record 41.3 million. Immigration from Saudi Arabia nearly doubled from 2010 to 2013, when nearly 90,000 Saudis came to the U.S. Pakistan and Iraq also saw big increases, according to the Center for Immigration Studies, which looked at new numbers from the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey. The number of immigrants from Mexico actually dropped by about 1 percent during the same period, suggesting that migration from the U.S.’s southern neighbor has reached an equilibrium, with newcomers matched by those leaving the U.S. and some older Mexican immigrants dying.
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