Indian Immigrants in the US

Indian immigration to the US is a fairly popular phenomenon, growing rapidly during the 1990s and 2000s and totaling around 1.6 million, making them the third-largest immigrant group after Mexican and Filipino immigrants.
Indian immigrants (called NRIs or Non-Resident Indians) are heavily concentrated in California and New Jersey, California having the largest number of Indian immigrants (18.7% of the Indian-born population), followed by New Jersey (11.6%), New York, Texas, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Florida and Georgia. The Indian immigrant population more than doubled in 10 states between 2000 and 2008, such as Montana, Utah, Nevada, Idaho, Arizona and Washington. In 2007, India received one-third or 158,000 of all H-1B visas (including new visas and renewals). The second largest number went to Canadian citizens – 26,000 visas only.
Compared to other immigrant groups the Indian foreign born are much educated – nearly 75% of Indians have a bachelor’s degree or higher. Nearly half of all Indian immigrants resided in California, New Jersey, New York and Texas. There were about 2.3 million immigrants residing in the United States in 2010.
The above data when closely examined could mean that remittances to India might see an upward trend in the years to come. This is also true if we see the remittances data in the past years, showing an upward movement. Also, India has been ranked as no.1 remittances receiving country as per the recent World Bank report on migration and remittances.

Source: – * MPI

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