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Snapshot of Indian immigrants: fast growing, highly educated

Indian immigrant population

According to the Migration Policy Institute, when the Immigration Act of 1965 lifted immigrant quotas that had been in place for more than fifty years, the entry of Indians into the United States jumped during the late 1960s and ‘70s….and it surged again in the 21st Century.

The 2.3 million members of the Indian diaspora residing in the United States in 2008 were 66% born in India; of these about 20% had American citizenship while in India. 14% of the 2.3 million total were born among the Indian diaspora in many other countries.

Growth: The growth of the foreign born Indian population is reflected in these population figures: 1960: 13,000; 1970: 51,000; 1980: 206,000; 1990: 450,000; 2000: 1,022,000; and 2009: 1,622,000. This population rose from 01.% of foreign born in 1960 to 4.3% in 2009. After 2000, the Indian immigrant population rose very fast 59% between 2008 and 2009.

73.5% were adults of working age (between 18 and 54).

Highly educated: In terms of academic achievement, Indian immigrants were better educated than other immigrants and the native born. In 2008, 74% of Indian-born adults age 25 and older had a bachelor's degree or higher compared to 27% percent among all 31.9 million foreign-born adults and 28% percent of all 168.1 million native-born adults.

Good employment: Over one-quarter of employed Indian-born men worked in information technology. Among the 713,000 Indian immigrant male workers age 16 and older employed in the civilian labor force in 2008, 28% percent reported working in information technology; 20% percent in management, business, and finance; 11% percent in other sciences and engineering; and 11% percent in sales.

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