Immigration Remakes and Sustains New York, Report Finds

Kirk Semple, New York Times, December 19, 2013

He arrived in the United States in 1988, an uneducated 21-year-old from rural Fujian Province, China. With the help of smugglers he made his way to Chinatown in Lower Manhattan, found work in a variety of restaurants and, in time, managed to get a green card.

Within the next several years, the man, Mr. Wang, was joined in New York by numerous relatives: cousins, uncles and aunts. Some came on family-related visas, others sneaked in, and still others were given asylum. There were marriages and children, the roots of the family tree pushing deeper into American soil. His extended family in the United States now numbers in the scores, many of them living in the Chinese enclaves of New York City.

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The migratory experience of the Wang family is part of a larger narrative that is transforming the city: the tremendous growth of the Chinese population over the past several decades. Now the second-largest foreign-born group in the city, Chinese are on the verge of overtaking immigrants from the Dominican Republic for the top spot.

The evolution of the Chinese diaspora is one of the stories of New York explored in a new report by the City Planning Department that provides a detailed statistical analysis of the city’s ever-shifting immigrant population, charting where the most recent arrivals have come from, where they have settled, the jobs they have taken and their effects on the economy.

Called The Newest New Yorkers, the 235-page report is the fifth edition of a study first released in 1992. It is intended as a reference for policy makers, planners and service providers, its authors said, “to help them gain perspective on a population that continues to reshape the city.”

Now numbering about 3.1 million—a record high—the city’s immigrant population, about 37 percent of the overall population of 8.2 million New Yorkers, is more kaleidoscopic than ever, in large part a result of the passage of 1965 immigration legislation that allowed more people to come from Africa, Asia, the Caribbean and Latin America. In a city that once had a population of predominantly European origin, there is now no dominant racial, ethnic or nationality group.

“New York arguably boasts the most diverse population of any major city in the world because of the flow of immigrants from across the globe,” the report said.

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Dominicans have made up the city’s largest immigrant group since 1990 and currently number about 380,200 residents. But Chinese, who have held the No. 2 spot for that period, are close behind, with 350,200. While the Dominican population has grown about 3 percent in the past decade, the Chinese population has grown 34 percent. China was also the single largest source of legally admitted immigrants in New York City from 2002 to 2011, with more than 40 percent of them granted asylum, said the report, which was largely based on Census Bureau data as well other federal and city administrative data.

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Still, the rate of growth among Chinese pales in comparison with the growing number of Mexicans. In the past decade, the Mexican population has surged by 52 percent, the largest spurt of any group among the 10 largest immigrant groups in the city, pushing Mexicans over Guyanese and Jamaicans and moving them into third place. They now number about 186,000.

Ecuador, Haiti, India, Russia, Tobago and Trinidad rounded out the top 10 countries of origin.

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Queens has the most immigrants of any borough, with 1.09 million, or nearly half of its residents; Brooklyn followed with 946,500—or 37 percent of the borough’s overall population—with nearly half of them living in neighborhoods straddling the B/Q and N subway lines, which swoop in a vague U-shape through the western and southern reaches of the borough.

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As for the immigrants’ effects on the city’s economy, the demographers said, the foreign-born make up 47 percent of all employed residents and are disproportionately represented among those who start new businesses, “providing a continuous injection of economic vitality” and driving demand for housing.

“If history is any indication,” the report said, “the economic opportunities in New York will continue to sustain its immigrant flow.”

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  • dd121

    I don’t have nearly the problem with immigrants who want to contribute to society rather than suck it dry.

  • bigone4u

    Of the top 10 countries of origin listed, only Russia is predominantly white. With so many third worlders from different countries living in NYC, the SHTF scenario that many expect to happen is going to make for some interesting tribal conflicts. Among the nonwhites only the Chinese have a shot at economic success, which would make them targets of the jealous blacks and browns. NYC is a good place to stay out of as far as I’m concerned.

    • pcmustgo

      I’ve lived here 15 years. Yeah, tell me about it. And socially mingled a lot with the different groups too.

    • Charles W.

      I do a lot of business with Chinese immigrants. The stories they tell of the theft and corruption in China are hard to believe. But you’d better believe it will come here once mainland Chinese immigrants reach ‘critical mass’ to outweigh any civilized White influence in this country.

      • bigone4u

        There were Chinese profs at my university. I know exactly how corrupt the Chinese are, so thanks for reminding me and informing others on Amren.

  • pcmustgo

    I TOLD YOU NYC is “full of Asians”. Now do you get what i’ve been dealing with?

    • Talltrees

      Why are Chinese asking for asylum?

      • GeneticsareDestiny

        They’re willing to do anything to escape China and the Chinese government. They’re also sneaking their women in illegally while pregnant so they can give birth to anchor babies.

  • pcmustgo

    Unbelievable “Dominicans” were in the top spot for years and this is the type of immigrant we import here. Unbelievable. I had actually heard is was Jamaicans.

  • Puggg

    If diversity is a strength, the New York ought to be the best city in the world.

    Yeah, you have to go bowling alone a lot, but imagine all the restaurants you have to choose from when you’re done. Table for one, though.

  • David Ashton

    China – let ’em all come, there are lots of ’em….is that what you Americans want? It looks like what England is going soon to get.

    • Bossman

      The problem is that there are too much of them.

      • David Ashton

        Indeed. If all northern America became another giant Hongkouver or New Tibet, any “John Engelmans” still left would have to open the odd “English Takeaway”. I have been re-reading Arthur Kemp’s “Immigration Invasion” – he is a problematic personality, but this is an informative booklet, and he rightly holds that the replacement of one race by another will necessarily alter the culture of the territory so affected; a simple axiom that seems to be lost on policy-makers. Recommended reading but don’t pay Amazon £1,000 for their used copy!

  • Rhialto

    Massive immigration to the US benefits some Americans and hurts others. For example, Billionaire employers and Liberals benefit. So are immigrant groups whose numbers are increased by new arrivals of their group.

    White men, who are forced into unemployment, are hurt. So, are serious environmentalists, by the massive environmental destruction these immigrants cause.

    • Charles W.

      Liberals don’t benefit. At least not the vast majority of them who can’t afford to live in the heavily policed ‘gated community’ neighborhoods like the Upper West Side.

      The same liberal idiots with humanities degrees also lose their jobs to outsourcing and immigrants just the same as blue collar conservatives. They’re just too stupid to see that the policies they advocate harm them, or else too busy trying to status signal that they’re part of the Upper West Side liberal ‘elite’ (which they aren’t).

  • MekongDelta69

    If I started to comment on this insanity, this post would reach to the bottom of your monitor, ooze down your keyboard, then into your lap, and make a huge puddle on your floor.

    I don’t want to come over to your house and clean up your floors…

  • So CAL Snowman

    I bet ol’ Johnny Boy is doing back flips and fist pumps.

  • Jack Burton

    What are they sustaining, crime and poverty? The title makes no sense.

    Third World people don’t sustain First World countries.

  • IstvanIN

    Which would work best while causing the least damage to the surrounding suburbs and vital infrastructure (electric and telephone), Fat Man or Little Boy?

  • Strike_Team

    The standard of living keeps going down in NYC, down in the US overall. No one likes to point that it parallels what has happened since the Immigration Act of 1965 went into effect. Not to mention what the usual suspects have done to our culture overall to help the slide.

    • Marc Zuckurburg

      We need comprehensive immigration reform.

      Comprehensive immigration reform will raise wages and salaries, strengthen national security, prevent terrorism, enhance our domestic crime-fighting ability, ensure that we continue to encourage the best and brightest to partake of the American dream, enhance our competitiveness and our ability to innovate, and make America more prosperous.

      Make my immigration reform comprehensive, please!

  • DudeWheresMyCountry?

    What is frightening is that there are people who read these types of articles and are dense enough to think… thank God for those immigrants, if Mr. Wang hadn’t snuck into the US and bred a flock where would poor ‘ol NYC be?

  • Charles W.

    Take a walk around the Chinatown in Brooklyn or Queens on a warm spring or summer night and you will see literally one Chinese woman after another pass by either pregnant, pushing a stroller, or both. All paid for by the White taxpayer.

    • MartelC

      who is simultaneously being pushed out by over-crowding.

  • Spartacus

    Good. If the Chinese can eat dog – Why not jew ?

  • GeneticsareDestiny

    “Within the next several years, the man, Mr. Wang, was joined in New York by numerous relatives: cousins, uncles and aunts. Some came on family-related visas, others sneaked in, and still others were given asylum. There were marriages and children, the roots of the family tree pushing deeper into American soil. His extended family in the United States now numbers in the scores, many of them living in the Chinese enclaves of New York City.”

    This sounds like an invasion to me. I don’t have a problem with the Chinese on principle, but I definitely don’t want them colonizing my country any more than I want Hispanics doing it.

  • cecilhenry

    New York doesn’t need any ‘sustaining’

  • MartelC

    The Chinese are not here to hold hands and sing songs about diversity.They are here to colonize an dominate – and many a white liberal encourage it because it is ‘payback’ for colonialism.

    I have been predicting this for years, and i still stand by it:
    One day you’ll see our exotic specie laws ignored and even condemned as ‘racist’ (or should I say ‘wacist”.) Even ‘intelligent’ chinese use tiger penis and rhinocerous horn powder as medicine;.

    Lastly, they utterly no regard for our culture, for our history – so soon, when they get enough power – NYC will look like hong kong, big, flash ugyly and void of any history.

    Why are we doing this??!

    Oh and btw, anyone who things the chinese are neat and clean, just walk through china town – literally old women squatting over fires cooking – it literally looks like a 3rd world country. I guess that’s the ‘goal’ of our elite… and preferable to a ‘non diverse’ city.

  • MartelC

    one thing i have noticed about the NYT – and the dominate ethnic group that runs it and NYC (and to be fair many an ivy tower economist) – they seem to have no sense of overcrowding – no interest in land to population ratio, and no regard for nature (this they share with the chinese). Famously, Irving Crystal lived across central park and was said to have never walked in it.

    We are admitting people with chronic over population problems and we are admitting them by the millions. This is a recipe for disaster, and our elite just don’t care. I don’t think they can ever be made to care either.

  • John R

    Immigration does not help our society, period. The only reason that immigrants appear to help and sustain New York is simple: At least the presence of immigrants keeps the black quotient in the city reasonable low. That is the only benefit of immigrants.

  • MartelC

    help of smugglers he made his way to Chinatown in Lower Manhattan, found work in a variety of restaurants and, in time, managed to get a green card.

    Within the next several years, the man, Mr. Wang, was joined in New York by numerous relatives: cousins, uncles and aunts. Some came on family-related visas, others sneaked in, and still others were given asylum,

    So you notice the tacit approval of blatantly illegal behavior? Our elite have sent a clear message – immigrants, particularly non white ones, break the law, don’t worry we don’t care about that law.
    Native born americans: criticize immigration and you will lose your job and be ostracized by us, soon it will be illegal to point out illegal acts.