- The Washington Times - Thursday, September 25, 2014

Immigration from southeast Asia and the Middle East has skyrocketed in the last few years, according to a report released Thursday that found the overall immigrant population has hit a record 41.3 million.

Immigration from Saudi Arabia nearly doubled from 2010 to 2013, when nearly 90,000 Saudis came to the U.S. Pakistan and Iraq also saw big increases, according to the Center for Immigration Studies, which looked at new numbers from the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey.

The number of immigrants from Mexico actually dropped by about 1 percent during the same period, suggesting that migration from the U.S.’s southern neighbor has reached an equilibrium, with newcomers matched by those leaving the U.S. and some older Mexican immigrants dying.

Still, even with the slight decline, Mexico accounts for the largest share of immigrants, at more than 25 percent.

Brazil, Ecuador, Israel and Korea, as well as Europe as a whole, had fewer citizens living in the U.S. in 2013 than in 2010.

The study doesn’t differentiate between legal and illegal immigrants, who are all counted as “foreign born” in Census data.

In total, immigrants accounted for 41.3 million residents, comprising 13.1 percent of the U.S. population. That’s the highest rate in 93 years, when the wave of Eastern European immigrants was receding just after the turn of the 20th Century.

• Stephen Dinan can be reached at sdinan@washingtontimes.com.

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