The number of people who immigrated to the United States in 2022 increased, after five years of decline, until it recorded its largest increase in more than 10 years, with the reopening of borders at the end of 2021, which were closed due to Covid-19.
According to estimates from the Census Bureau, “international net migration added more than 1 million people to the United States population between July 1, 2021, and July 1, 2022.”
This is the first increase since 2016, when the United States welcomed 1.2 million people from abroad — including Americans who returned after living in another country.
In 2021, only 376,000 people crossed the border into the country of Uncle Sam.
This data takes into account both legal and illegal, permanent and temporary immigrants.
The increase this year is also “the largest one-year increase since 2010, indicating that net immigration flows into the United States are on track to return to pre-pandemic levels this year,” the department details.
The number of people who came to settle on American soil has decreased since 2017, first due to the policy of the Donald Trump administration in this area, and then due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The US borders were already closed to foreigners for a year and a half, from March 2020 to November 2021.
Additionally, between summer 2021 and summer 2022, “the United States received an influx of humanitarian migrants: asylum seekers and refugees, including Afghan and Ukrainian immigrants,” the Census Bureau adds in its letter.
Those numbers were released as the Supreme Court on Monday upheld a measure former President Donald Trump instituted in March 2020, which severely restricts entry to the territory for health reasons.
That action, called Title 42, was supposed to expire on Wednesday, but the US Supreme Court added to the uncertainty when it decided at the last minute that it would stay in place. It makes it possible to deport immigration candidates, even potential asylum seekers.
The decrease in the number of immigrants arriving in the United States in recent years is one of the reasons for the labor shortage facing American employers, said US Central Bank (Fed) President Jerome Powell.
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