The Wall Street Journal has created a series of data visualizations illustrating the history of immigration to the United States, highlighting how changes to U.S. immigration policy and major world events, such as the Irish Potato Famine and World War II, impacted immigration rates from different countries. The visualizations trace the increases in the population of lawful permanent residents in the United States from every country dating back to 1820. The visualizations show that while the majority of legal immigrants in the United States come from the Americas, people from Asian countries constitute the fastest growing immigrant population in the United States today.
Visualizing the History of Immigration to the United States
Matthew Beckwith is a policy fellow at the Center for Data Innovation. Previously, Matt worked as an analyst in the White House Office of Presidential Correspondence. Prior to that, he worked as an intern at the White House, as well as a speechwriting and policy intern on the O'Malley for President 2016 campaign. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Boston College.
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