By the numbers – Indian immigration to the US

From 1960-2011.

By Deepak Chitnis

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WASHINGTON, DC: The number of Indians immigrating to the US has increased tremendously over the past several years. With IT companies needing large numbers of skilled technical workers, and opportunities in fields from medicine to business multiplying annually, the US has become the destination of choice for young Indians looking to make the most of life.

The looming immigration reform bill currently being fought over in Congress may have a huge effect on India-to-US immigration, if the provisions regarding higher fees for H-1B visa applicants and Green Cards come to fruition.

Here are some statistics and figures regarding the history of Indian immigration over the last fifty years (All charts and data come from MigrationInformation.org and the US Census Bureau):

12,300 – the number of Indian immigrants living in the US in 1960.

0.1% – the percentage of foreign-born US citizens that were Indians in 1960.

51,000 – the number of Indian immigrants living in the US in 1970.

0.5% – the percentage of foreign-born US citizens that were Indians in 1970.

206,100 – the number of Indian immigrants living in the US in 1980.

1.5% – the percentage of foreign-born US citizens that were Indians in 1980.

450,400 – the number of Indian immigrants living in the US in 1990.

2.3% – the percentage of foreign-born US citizens that were Indians in 1990.

1,022,600 – the number of Indian immigrants living in the US in 2000.

3.3% – the percentage of foreign-born US citizens that were Indians in 2000.

1.9 million – the number of Indian immigrants living in the US as of 2011.

5.0% – the percentage of foreign-born US citizens that were Indian in 2011.

To contact the author, email to deepakchitnis@americanbazaaronline.com

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