Today’s immigration debates focus mainly on the Hispanic population, which has quickly become America’s largest immigrant population. But decades from now, it could be a different story. Asians are projected to become the United States’ largest immigrant group by 2065, significantly altering the makeup of the country, according to a report by Pew Research Center released Monday. You can see that in this chart:
Since 1965, the share of Hispanic immigrants has grown massively. But that trend has now reversed. Asians made up 35 percent of immigrants arriving in the U.S. in recent years, surpassing Hispanics for the first time.
Pew researchers note the shift away from white immigrants coincides with the passage of the 1965 Immigration and Nationality Act, which redefined America’s immigration policy.
After the replacement of the nation’s European-focused origin quota system, greater numbers of immigrants from other parts of the world began to come to the U.S. Among immigrants who have arrived since 1965, half (51%) are from Latin America and one-quarter are from Asia. By comparison, both of the U.S. immigration waves in the mid-19th century and early 20th century consisted almost entirely of European immigrants.
Immigrants have a profound effect on the demography of the United States. Foreign-born immigrants and their U.S.-born children currently make up more than a quarter of the population.
Pew projects that in 2065 there will no longer be a majority race in America. Instead, non-Hispanic whites will account for 46 percent of the population.