Although net overseas migration to the United States fell during the year ended 1 July 2017, it still was the reason behind 48 percent of the population growth of the world’s largest economy’s for that year, the US Census Bureau new data revealed.
cnsnews.com quotes the bureau as saying that net international migration fell by 1.8 percent in 2017 when compared to 2016, making it the first ever decline after 2012-2013.
It added that net international migration, however, is continuing to be a major reason behind the population growth of the US, as slightly over 1.1 million people were added in the 2016-2017 period.
The Census Bureau said that net international migration into America in the year ended 1 July 2016 was 1,132,096 as against 1,111,283, recorded in the year ended 1 July 2017.
In 2013, projections published by the Census Bureau estimated that net international migration would exceed natural increase (the difference between the number of births and deaths) as the main contributor to the population growth of the US during 2027-2038.
In a press release dated 15 May 2013, Thomas Mesenbourg, Census Bureau Senior Advisor, was quoted as saying that their country was witness to higher immigration rates in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. He added that this estimated growth shows the mix of America’s falling fertility rates, continued immigration and the aging of the population of the baby boomers.
According to Census Bureau, it projects international migration in several components. They include immigration and emigration of foreign-born, net migration of natives to and from the US, net migration between the US and Puerto Rico and net movement of the Armed Forces population to and from America. It added that they initially project the total migration flow of the US for each part.