A recent study conducted by the Pew Research Center has concluded that if the current trends in immigration continue, by 2025, the US population will rise by 82% to 438 million and about 19% of it will be Immigrants and their second-generation. In layman’s term, about one in five Americans will be an immigrant in 2050. In comparison, 2005 figures show that only one in eight was an immigrant, which is around 12%.
While the numbers are higher this time, the research also shows similar pattern a century ago. The study notes that “the major role of immigration in national growth builds on the pattern of recent decades, during which immigrants and their U.S.-born children and grandchildren accounted for most population increase”. During the late 19th Century, 15% of the total population in America was Immigrants. The Pew Research Center figures show that US will again hit the same high percentage in 2025.
The study also revealed a few interesting trends in the ethnic immigration. For instance, the study concluded that the Latino population will be the largest immigrant ethnicity in America by 2050. Hispanics will make up 29% of the U.S. population in 2050, compared with 14% in 2005. In comparison whites will grow to only 47% by 2050.