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US Has 10 Million More Foreign-Born Residents Than Entire European Union

Census says foreign-born population will soon eclipse previous records

AP

The United States has 10 million more foreign-born residents than the entire European Union, according to an analysis from the Senate Subcommittee on Immigration and the National Interest.

Although the E.U.’s population of over half a billion is 60 percent larger than the U.S. population of 320 million, the United States has more foreign-born residents. "While the U.S. has almost 200 million fewer persons, it contains over 10 million more individuals born outside its boundaries," says the subcommittee. "Both the U.S. and the E.U. are struggling to cope with unprecedented migration levels."

The analysis finds that one in 14 residents in the E.U. were foreign born, while one in seven U.S. residents were born outside the United States. That number is expected to increase.

"Assuming no law is passed to reduce annual immigration rates, the Census Bureau projects that the foreign-born population share in the United States will soon eclipse every prior record, and will continue rising to new all-time records every year to come—lowering wages for today’s workers, both immigrant and U.S.-born," states the subcommittee. "This autopilot growth in the labor supply continues even as automation steadily reduces demand for workers."

Another analysis found that the United States has taken in six times more migrants than every Latin American nation put together, which includes South America, Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean.