Asians immigration to California surpasses Latino immigration
January 20, 2013
During the past decade, the number of Asian immigrants has increased becoming two and a half times greater than Latino numbers, according to census data. [SacramentoBee]
In 2001, 42 percent of immigrants coming to California were from Latin America while 37 percent were from Asia. Ten years later, in 2011, 57 percent of new immigrants were from Asia, and just 22 percent were from Latin America.
California’s changing economy since the start of the recession, might explain much of the shift from Latin America to Asia. While 59 percent of Mexican immigrants have less than a high school degree, 74 percent of recent arrivals from India have at least bachelor’s degrees.
“Part of what we’re seeing is the changing face of California’s labor market, which has been increasingly demanding more highly educated workers,” Hans Johnson, co-director of the Public Policy Institute of California, told the Sacramento Bee. “Immigrants from Asia, particularly India, tend to be much more highly educated, much more likely to have earned a bachelor’s degree.”