1 in 9 Virginians are born outside the United States

Researchers from the University of Virginia found that Virginia’s foreign-born population is growing and now consists of 15 percent of the States’ workforce. According to WUSA9, one in nine Virginians was born outside of the United States.

The Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service released the study Tuesday, stating that El Salvador is the top country of birth for immigrants in Virginia, followed by India, Mexico, the Philippines and South Korea. The Washington Post reports that forty-two percent of Virginia’s immigrants now come from Asia while 35 percent come from Latin America. 10 percent are from Europe and 10 percent are from Africa, the brief states.

The foreign-born population includes naturalized citizens, permanent residents, refugees and illegal immigrants. The report also found that many immigrants come to the United States between the ages of 25 and 44, during the prime of their careers.


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