Indians are the third-largest immigrant group in the United States following Mexican and Chinese nationals, according to a new report from the Migration Policy Institute.
The profile showed there are nearly 1.9 million people from India now living in the U.S. Data from the U.S. Census Bureau found there are more than 23,000 Indians residing in Arizona, accounting for about three percent of the state’s foreign-born population. They also account for about five percent of the foreign-born population in the U.S.
Muzaffar Chishti, director of the Migration Policy Institute's office in New York, and an Indian immigrant, said he thinks the number of Indians coming to the U.S. will continue to grow.
“What (this number) does, which hasn’t been noticed so far, is potentially translate...into political power," he said. "Indians so far are quite unrepresented in the political process in (this) country, specially (among) elected officials.”
The report also found immigrants from India tend to be better educated, more proficient in English and less likely to live in poverty compared to other foreign-born populations in the U.S.