Asian-American immigrants are no longer the stigmatized “poor, tired and huddle masses” that Emma Lazarus described on the inscription on the Statue of Liberty.
Asian Americans who trace their roots to dozens of countries in the Far East, the Indian subcontinent and Southeast Asia are “the most highly educated immigrant group in U.S. history and have found remarkable success in their adopted country.”
The Filipino immigrants follow Chinese-Americans as the largest immigrant groups who now number at 6 million. The others in the group include Indians, Vietnamese, Korean and Japanese.
Asian Americans overtook Latinos as the nation’s fastest-growing racial group arriving annually in the United States. Immigrants from Mexico has dramatically slowed because “of the weakened U.S. economy and tougher border enforcement”.
Nearly half of all U.S. Asians live in the Western states with California being the traditional gateway for Asian immigrants.
Asian immigration to U.S. has occurred at a time when the largest sending countries are experiencing dramatic gains in their country’s standards of living. Asian Americans say they prefer U.S. to their country of origin because it provides economic opportunity, political and religious freedoms and good conditions for raising children.
It has also been noted that recent Asian immigrants “are an elite group” in terms of their education with more than two-thirds of recent adult immigrants are either college students or college graduates.