Over the past nine months, the Migration Policy Institute (MPI) has been pleased to release the results of a comparative research partnership with the European University Institute (EUI) aimed at identifying ways in which Europe and the United States can address major immigration challenges facing policymakers on both sides of the Atlantic.
Immigrant Population in the United States at Historic High — But Does a 'Data Illusion' Affect the Increase?
Plus, Asylum Seekers Worldwide and Immigration Enforcement Quiz
The US Census Bureau's newly released 2010 American Community Survey (ACS) shows that the US foreign-born population now stands at nearly 40 million, a historic high, representing 12.9 percent of the US population. The data also suggest that between 2009 and 2010, the foreign-born population increased by more than 1.4 million, or by 3.7 percent (compared to 1.5 percent during the 2008-09 period). It is an impressive rise, and by all accounts reflects a continuing rebound after immigration slowed with the recession. However, to some extent the change observed is a data illusion, meaning the increase can partly be attributed to how the data were compiled.