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Increase in Chinese immigrating to US

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According to new statistics from the US government, 16,000 more Chinese immigrants came to the US in 2011 than in 2010. US Citizenship and Immigration Services data show that the US granted green cards to more than 1.06 million immigrants in 2011, out of which 87,000 were Chinese.

As with the previous year, the largest number of immigrants came from Mexico, China and India. Chinese immigration to the US represented the greatest increase.

In 2011, Chinese immigrants accounted for 8.2 percent of the total number of the immigrants to the United States, an increase of 1.4 percentage points over 2010. There was an increase in immigration from nationals of China, Cuba and Vietnam; The only immigration source Countries whose nationals emigrated to the US in greater numbers. The proportion of female immigrants moving to the US from other countries around the world was significantly higher than males. Numbers show that in 2011, there were 580,000 female migrants coming to the US compared to 480,000 male migrants.

While people under age 24 accounted for one-third of immigrants, the median age of US immigrants coming from other countries was 31.

US immigration also said that 772 of the 1,885 applications for investment immigration came from China in 2010. More than half of China's millionaires are either considering emigrating or have already taken steps to do so, according to a poll taken last year by Shanghai's Hurun Institute.

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