Indians the third largest immigrant group in US
June 13, 2010 1:12am CST
The US is home to about 1.6 million Indian origin people, making them the third-largest immigrant group in the country after Mexicans and Filipino, a Washington-based think tank has said. Between 2007 and 2008, the number of Indian immigrants surpassed the number of Chinese and Hong Kong-born immigrants for the first time since at least 1960, said the Migration Policy Institute in its latest report. Indian immigration to the US, a fairly recent phenomenon, grew rapidly during the 1990s and 2000s. The Indian immigrant population more than doubled in 10 states between 2000 and 2008. In addition, people with Indian ancestry have also immigrated to the US from the Caribbean, East Africa, Canada, and the United Kingdom, said the report authored by Aaron Terrazas and Cristina Batog. The report said Indians are heavily concentrated in California and New Jersey. Compared to other immigrant groups, the Indian foreign born are much better educated - nearly three-quarters of Indian-born adults have a bachelor's degree or higher. The Indian Diaspora in the United States is relatively small compared to the total population of India (1.1 billion in 2008 according to the World Bank). The number of Indian immigrants in the US (1.6 million) is roughly the same size as the population of the Indian city of Agra, and the Indian Diaspora (2.3 million) is about the same size as the population of Jaipur. About one-quarter of Indian-born men in the labor force work in the information technology industry. Nearly half of all Indian immigrants resided in California, New Jersey, New York, and Texas, it said. I fully agree with this, because about 200 students, both guys and gals, whom I taught in the Engineering colleges; all are IT graduates , now doing job there. I talk with them; they say Americans are very friendly. They feel at home. As most of the Indians live in colonies, with Indians around, they don’t feel homesick. They are not ready to comeback, because of low salary here; they do visit their home cities, villages. Many of them meet me in my home, I feel elevated. Please comment on this. I always meet my teachers here and in nearby states. Many I meet in seminars and workshops. It is due to them I reached this point in my life. What about you? Share your views. Professor
• United States
13 Jun 10
Hello Professor! That is quite a bit of information you have given us and quite interesting. I had no idea about the breakdown per state. I do know that in my area, in my neighborhood alone the majority of the people who live here are from India. In the last few years I have seen at least half of my neighborhood filled with Indian Families. I love to listen to the kids play. They are so cute. I was talking to two little ones who were riding scooters the other day and they wanted to have a whole long conversation and they made me laugh! What I also have found from my own experience is alot of Doctors in training come here to do their Internship. I had the most lovely neighbors that lived upstairs from me twice! And sadly, after two years each they left the state to go wherever they got their Residency, but I was happy for both of them!
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15 Jun 10
Like Indians too Filipinos has a big population in the US. They look for the greener pasture because life here in the Philippines is so difficulty. Foreigners are migrating here while Filipinos migrating in other countries which is so sad. We lost our educated and skilled workers because they want to earn big in working abroad.
13 Jun 10
Yes Sir, I will have to agree that Americans are friendly and very helpfull. I am here from last 2 months and did not see a single incident where I felt that someone did not help me. They are great co-operator at work. Yesterday,I have been to a place where the street is full of indian restaurants and shops, it was like little India in Chicago, all the shops , peoples and food corner were in Indian style, I was feeling like walkin gon the Pune shopping area. It was great feeling being there.
• United States
13 Jun 10
I rarely see any Indians or Filipino people where I live. Most of the immigrants here come from Latin America, Poland, or Africa. I suppose it is different from state to state. Immigrants usually go where they have a large community to support them.
• United States
13 Jun 10
That is alot of people to come over here. Hope al are legal lol. am sure they are. I worked with girl I think was from India and her professon over tehre was a teacher but hee she couldnt get a teaching job and I wondered about that as we were both working as maids at that time then latre I found her working at a gas station that I went too.
13 Jun 10
this is a nice information. and it's kinda flattering that Indians, Filipinos and Chinese are welcome in both US and Canada. i wish i have a gatepass to go there. i haven't really tried finding out how to migrate to any of the two countries, but i would love it. it is one of my long term plans. any take on this? by the way, it's nice that a lot of Indians are given the opportunity to work. i know how stiff and tough the competition for an employment in India is. maybe visiting a different land would land them jobs. thanks to the friendly countries. ;-)
16 Jun 10
India, being the second higher populated country in the world, has the population of 1.1 billion that is about three times of the population of US! So, as a natural law, more the population, more the diffusion / immigration of people for education / jobs / labour-work to other countries! Such is the case here of the indians and indian diaspora in US! Though some may see this as a loss of talents from India, but in other way of viewing, I may say this as a blessing in disguise, now and in future for both the countries India and US! Meeting home-bound NRI persons at native place is really an exciting experience that I have felt earlier, in case of my few relatives and younger brother, as they stay at US! Hope, your feeing of being elevated has some similarity with my feelings on this!! Thanks for this well woven discussion and have a great Raja-Rejoicing!!
17 Jun 10
Well as far as I know, qualified Indians do not get work here. And in late 90s and early 2000s I have seen that lot of south Indian Brahmins have migrated to the US. Every other house will have a person staying in the US. IT was USA then US and then States. Grooms were expensive then....hahhhaha....South indians were not given admissions into colleges for pursuing PG for various caste reasons, so they preferred going abroad to study. Now every other person is trying for higher studies there. More number of girls r working or studying there.
14 Jun 10
Dont know how to take this piece of information as, a good or bad sign. People leaving their mother land and staying away from them must be too difficult but they are able to do so because for some it may be money, for some may be they were forced to due to their life circumstances or out of their own free will. It is good to know that the Americans are friendly and welcoming...as a matter of fact, deep in my heart, i have always wished that no different countries must exist, we all must be one world, free to go wherever we want, stay or leave and call the whole world as our mother land