The Impact Of Immigration On The United States

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Recent immigration has not only increased since the end of World War 2, but also gained momentum, reaching numbers in the 1990s. The national origin of US immigrants also changed sharply over the past fifty years. Before 1960, the vast majority came from European countries or Canada. Even as late as the 1950s, more than two-thirds of all arrivals were from these countries. During 1960s, however, when family reunification criteria rather than national origin quotas became the basis for allocating entry visas, the composition changed rapidly. According to US Immigration and Naturalization Service in 2014, only 12% of legal immigrants had originated in Europe or Canada, where as nearly 85% reported origins in Asia, Latin America, or the Caribbean.

Another contentious subject is legal immigration, or migration. Legal immigration has a significant impact on both the country the individual leaves and the country to which they go. Over the centuries, countries have seen the ramifications of legal immigration and migration. Legal migration has a significant impact on both countries. Legal immigration and migration across borders in essence lowers the unemployment rate in the country the migrant leaves. (If a migrant leaves a country for another, the reason is probably economic or social.) The migrant, in turn takes jobs from the new country’s economy. This, in high volumes, has been seen to either lower unemployment rates or decrease the number of jobs available. Migrants often
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