Comment: Newest New Yorkers
Immigration has always sustained, reinvigorated and transformed America since its inception. Nowhere is the impact is greater than in America's cities, and New York City, being the largest metropolis, shows these patterns most clearly. New York's Department of City Planning released a report "The Newest New Yorkers: Characteristics of the City's Foreign-born Population" that paints a picture of how immigration has shaped New York City. Here are the highlights:

  • Since the passage of the landmark Immigration and Nationality Amendments of 1965, New York's foreign-born population has more than doubled to 3 million - a population that would comprise the third largest city in the U.S., bested by just New York City and Los Angeles.
  • The immigrant share of the population has also doubled since 1965, to 37 percent.
  • Although New York's foreign-born population increased only modestly since 2000, from 2.9 million to just over 3 million in 2011, it marked a new peak.
  • Immigrants from Mexico moved into 3rd place in 2011, with a 52 percent increase over 2000. The top sources of the foreign-born population for the U.S. differed markedly from those for New York City.
  • The top sources of the foreign-born population for the U.S. differed markedly from those for New York City.
  • A majority of the foreign-born are now naturalized citizens.

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