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Indian-born U.S. Population Up as Others Decline

India West, Posted: Oct 20, 2009

While the overall number of foreign-born residents in the United States declined by approximately 100,000 from 2007 and 2008, the number of those born in India rose by 120,740, an 8 percent increase, to 1,622,522, India West reports.

This is the first time since 1970 that the foreign born population has declined in the U.S. The number of foreign-born residents has usually gone up by one million a year. The drop is mostly attributed to a 2.8 percent decrease in Mexican-born population. But other countries like China, The Philippines and South Korea also saw less migration to the United States. Analysts attribute the growth in the India-born population to the hi-tech sectors continuing demand for high-skilled workers. The population of Vietnamese born and Jamaica born also increased.


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