Marked Decrease in Illegal Immigration via The New American
Written by Kelly Holt
Friday, 03 September 2010 18:00
illegal immigrantsThe flow of unauthorized immigrants is down sharply, according to a September 1 report by Pew Hispanic Center. The 8 percent reduction from 12 million to 11.1 million illegals currently living in the U.S. marks the first significant reversal in this population in two decades. The number is nearly two-thirds smaller in the period from March 2007 to March 2009 than from March 2000 to March 2005.
The Pew Hispanic Center, one of seven projects of the Washington, D.C.-based think-tank Pew Research Center, provides information about issues, trends, and attitudes shaping the U.S. and the world.
A graph from the Center’s website shows that an average of 850,000 illegals entered the U.S. each year from 2000 to 2005. By 2007, that estimate had dropped to 300,000, a decrease of over 550,000 per year.
The Pew report also found that from 2007 to 2009, the most marked decline in the unauthorized immigrant population (22 percent) was among those from Latin American countries other than Mexico — the Caribbean, and South and Central America.