There are many misconceptions about immigrants and about the processes of immigration, not only in a negative sense but in general.
Thus, in this short post I thought I should share 5 surprising facts about immigration in the United States to shed a light on this major group of the U.S. population.
According to the data compiled by the APA Presidential Task Force on Immigration:
- In the United States, 460 languages are spoken and children attending New York City public schools alone speak a total of 150 languages
- 62 percent of U.S. immigrants speak Spanish
- 23 percent of U.S. children are children of immigrants
- Almost a quarter of all science and engineering workers and physicians are foreign born, as are 47 percent of all PhD-level scientists
- The No. 1 reason people immigrate to the United States is to reunite with family members. Other top reasons include: to search for work, escape from violence and war, and environmental disasters