Annalisa Merelli, Quartz, September 29, 2020
Between 2016 and 2019, the number of immigrants who became US permanent residents declined 13%—from over 1.18 million to 1.03 million. The biggest reductions were felt by Asian countries, where immigration fell 21% (from about 450,000 a year to about 350,000) while immigration from Central and South America increased 14% (from about 77,000 to more than 88,000).
Many of the countries with the most biggest drops in immigration are those with the largest immigrant populations in the US, including China, India, and Haiti.
Only a handful of countries that send sizable numbers of immigration to the US (5,000 or more immigrant per year) have seen increase in immigration volumes—notably, Latin American countries such as Venezuela, Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador, which are also the countries of origin of many asylum seekers apprehended at the southern border.
Overall, the biggest increase in immigration was from the Democratic Republic of the Congo: In 2016, 7,700 immigrants came from the country. In 2019, there were nearly 13,800.