Report Reveals Numbers of Undocumented Immigrants Down Significantly

A new report released by the Pew Hispanic Center shows the annual inflow of unauthorized immigrants to the United States is down sharply. The number was nearly two-thirds smaller from the March 2007 to March 2009 period than it had been from March 2000 to March 2005, according to new estimates.

The Center notes the decline has contributed to an overall 8% reduction in the number of unauthorized immigrants currently living in the U.S.—down to 11.1 million in 2009 from a peak of 12 million in 2007. This decrease represents the first significant reversal in the growth of this population over the past two decades.

“The U.S. economy entered a recession late in 2007, at a time when border enforcement was increasing. Economic and demographic conditions in sending countries and strategies employed by potential migrants also changed,” The Pew Center reports. “All of these undoubtedly contribute to the overall magnitude of immigration flows.”

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