WASHINGTON (CBSDC)– Asians are likely to outnumber Latinos as the United States’ largest immigrant group after the middle of the century, according to a new study.
The projections suggest that the American population will be transformed over the next several decades. According to Pew Research Center, immigrants and their children could make up 88 percent of population growth in the nation over the next 50 years, as reported by Los Angeles Times. The study aimed to evaluate how immigration has evolved ethnically and racially since Congress passed the 1965 Immigration and Naturalization Act.
The study found the foreign-born made up 5 percent of the nation’s population in 1965, 14 percent today, and are projected to make up about 18 percent by 2065.
The findings suggest that Asians are projected to be increasingly involved in the population growth. Currently, Asian Americans make up about 6 percent of the nation’s population, but are expected to jump to 14 percent by the middle of the century.
The study indicates that Asians will make up 36 percent of the immigrant population by 2055, compared to a projection of 34 percent for the Latino population. Pew found that Americans currently have a more positive view of Asian immigrants when compared to Latino immigrants. While 47 percent of American adults said they thought Asian immigrants had a positive effect on America, only 26 percent said the same of Latino immigrants.
Other findings from the study revealed that 59 percent of Americans believe that immigrants are not learning English in a “reasonable” amount of time.
Sixty-two percent of Americans are currently non-Latino whites, according to report, down from 85 percent in 1965.
To little surprise, the report also found that political affiliation was linked to different views regarding immigration to the U.S. Among Democrats, 55 percent said immigrants are making American society better, while 24 percent believe they are making it worse. Among Republicans, 31 percent said immigrants are making American society better, while 53 percent believe they are making it worse.
The survey asked questions regarding immigrants overall, not just those who came to the U.S. illegally. The main concerns regarding immigration appeared to be crime and economy, with roughly half of Americans saying immigrants have had a negative impact on both.
However, when looking at culture, food, music, and arts, about half of Americans believe immigrants have had a positive effect.
The survey has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.4 percentage points.