Asian Immigration in the 20th Century
The top twelve emigrant countries in 2006 were Mexico (173,753), People's Republic of China (87,345), Philippines (74,607), India (61,369), Cuba (45,614), Colombia (43,151), Dominican Republic (38,069), El Salvador (31,783), Vietnam (30,695), Jamaica (24,976), South Korea (24,386), and Guatemala (24,146). Other countries comprise an additional 606,370 emigrants. In fiscal year 2006, 202 refugees from Iraq were allowed to resettle in the United States.
In 1900, when the U.S. population was 76 million, there were an estimated 500,000 Hispanics. The Census Bureau projects that by 2050, one-quarter of the population of the United States will be of Hispanic descent. This demographic shift is largely fueled by immigration from Latin America.