How many Albanians live in the US? Record figure in the region of Europe together with Bosnia and Herzegovina
America is the dream of many Albanians who rush to the lottery every year to go to the land of opportunity.
About 91,000 Albanians lived in the United States by the end of 2018, according to statistics published by the Pew Research center, a US research institute that has published data on the foreign-born population living in the US.
From the region, the highest number of citizens living in the US belongs to Bosnia and Herzegovina, with about 107 thousand people. Albanians and Bosniaks result in the highest propensity to live in the US. The flow of people from Bosnia and Herzegovina was high in the period 1990-2000, due to conflicts with neighboring countries. While from Albania, the flight to the US continues at a high rate, ascertained by the high number of applications each year for the American Lottery.
From Serbia there are 32 thousand people living in the USA, from Macedonia 25.6 thousand people, from Montenegro 11.8 thousand and from Kosovo 10.4 thousand.
Even in relation to the respective population, Bosnia and Herzegovina (32.3 thousand per 1 million inhabitants) and Albania (32 thousand per 1 million inhabitants) hold the record in Europe for the high number of citizens born in the respective countries, but living in the US, according to data processed by Monitor, followed by Iceland, Montenegro, Portugal, Macedonia, Greece.
In absolute value, the record is held by Poles, with 400 thousand people living in the US, followed by the British (340 thousand) and Italians (320 thousand), but in relation to the population, their weight is much lower (see graph ).
According to the Pea Research Center, the United States has more immigrants than any other country in the world. Today, more than 40 million people living in the US are born in another country, accounting for about one-fifth of the world's migrants. The immigrant population is also very diverse, with almost every country in the world represented among U.S. immigrants
The U.S.-born population reached a record 44.8 million in 2018. Since 1965, when U.S. immigration laws replaced a national quota system, the number of immigrants living in the U.S. has more than quadrupled. Immigrants today make up 13.7% of the U.S. population, almost three times higher than (4.8%) in 1970.
About 27% of immigrants were permanent residents and 5% were temporary residents in 2017. 23% of all immigrants were unauthorized immigrants. From 1990 to 2007, the population of unauthorized immigrants had more than tripled in size - from 3.5 million to a record high of 12.2 million in 2007. By 2017, that number had dropped by 1.7 million, or 14%. In 2017 there were 10.5 million unauthorized immigrants in the US, accounting for 3.2% of the country's population.
Mexico is the country with the main origin of the immigrant population in the US In 2018, approximately 11.2 million immigrants living in the US were from this country, accounting for 25% of all US immigrants. The next largest groups of origin were those from China (6%), India (6%), Philippines (4%) and El Salvador (3%). (Albania accounts for 0.2% of the total.)
More than 1 million immigrants arrive in the US each year. In 2018, the main country of origin for new immigrants coming to the US was China, with 149,000 people, followed by India (129,000), Mexico (120,000) and the Philippines (46,000) ./ Monitor