by Kitty Testa
The United States takes in more immigrants than any other nation on earth. The U.S. is only about 4% of the world’s population, but we take in 20% of the world’s immigrant population. There are about 42.4 million immigrants in the United States, about 13% of the population. Whether you think that’s a good thing or a bad thing, here are five interesting facts about immigrants you should know.
1. Most Immigrants have been in the U.S. for more than 15 years
While this election season might have given you a vision of hordes of Mexicans flooding over the border, the truth is that 59% of immigrants arrived in the U.S. before the year 2000. 40% of that group, about 20 million people, are naturalized citizens of the United States.