— By the year 2065, Asians will surpass Hispanics as the largest source of immigrants flowing into the United States. That detail is in a new Pew Research Center immigration survey that posted at midnight. The study coincides with the 50th anniversary of the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965, which ended a quota system favoring Northern European immigrants. Since then, roughly half of all immigrants to the U.S. have hailed from Latin America with Mexicans comprising the largest share of the influx. That wave has dramatically changed the nation’s racial makeup: 84% of Americans were non-Hispanic whites in 1965; today that number is 62%. Asians will ultimately overtake Hispanics for a number of reasons, including a lower birth rate for Mexican women and a big slowdown in illegal immigration.
Five stats jumped out at us while reading the Pew study:
Between 2015 and 2065, immigrants are projected to account for 88% of U.S. population growth.
Since 1965, 59 million immigrants have arrived here, meaning immigrants make up 14% of today’s population — a figure that will rise to 18% by 2065, when the overall total will hit 78 million immigrants.
The U.S. is the country with the biggest immigrant population, roughly one-in-five people. Over the last 50 years, immigrants accounted for 55 percent of U.S. population growth. That number exceeds the large wave of European immigrants to the U.S. in the 19th and 20th centuries.
Since 1965, 51% of new immigrants came from Latin America and 25% are from Asia. But by 2065, foreign-born Hispanics are expected to account for 31 percent of the population while Asians will outstrip them as the dominant immigrant group by 2055, with 38% of the population.
Non-Hispanic whites are expected to account for less than half of the U.S. population by 2055 and decrease to 46% by 2065.