Posted on July 9, 2010

Indians Top Non-Immigrant Population in the US

Economic Times (New Delhi), July 7, 2010

People from India account for the maximum number of the resident non-immigrant population in the United States, latest governmental figures have revealed.

Of the total number of 1.83 million resident non-immigrants in the US in the year 2008, as many as 400,000 were from India, followed by 150,000 from Canada and 140,000 from South Korea, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) said.

Slightly more than half (53 per cent) of resident non-immigrant were citizens of Asian countries, including India (22 per cent), South Korea (8 per cent), China (7 per cent), Japan (6 per cent), and Taiwan (2 per cent), DHS said in its report based on the figures available till September 2008.

Europe and North America comprised another 17 per cent each, lead by Canada (8 per cent) and Mexico (7 per cent). The five leading countries accounted for over 50 per cent of the total, it said.

The resident non-immigrant population includes temporary workers, students, exchange visitors and diplomats, who were legally admitted for specific and temporary purposes with long stays.

Continent-wise Asia tops the list with 970,000, followed by Europe (320,000), North America (310,000) and South America (100,000).

Temporary workers and families accounted for majority with 51 per cent (930,000), followed by students and families (590,000), exchange visitors and families (240,000) and diplomats, other representatives and families (70,000).

California has the maximum number of resident non-immigrants among all the States at 280,000; followed by New York 210,000 and Texas 140,000.

Those in the age group of 25-34 constituted 710,000. The 18-24 age group came second with 470,000, followed by the 35-44 group with 290,000, under 18 with 190,000, 45-54 with 120,000 and 55 and older with 50,000.