Asians -- not Hispanics -- are going to become the biggest immigrant group in the US

The Pew Research Center’s latest report on immigration suggests that the demographics of American immigration are going to see a big change in the coming years.

While Hispanics currently make up the largest piece of the American immigrant population, 47% in 2015, with Asians at a distant second with 26%, Pew projections see a swap coming.

The report projects that the Asian immigrant population will overtake the Hispanic population by 2055, reaching 38% in 2065 compared to a 31% Hispanic population.

This shouldn’t come as a surprise: Asian immigrants have been immigrating to the states in bigger numbers than Hispanics for years now.

In 2008, Asian immigrants overtook Central and Southern Americans in terms of arrivals in the US within the past year.

Asian immigrants were also the most favoured incoming immigrant group, according to an opinion poll in the same study. 47 per cent of respondents felt that Asian immigrants had a mostly positive impact on American society

For more information, read the full study at Pew Hispanic.

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