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US Immigration Skyrockets

US immigration from Southeast Asia and the Middle East has 'skyrocketed' in the past few years, according to a recent report.

The number of Saudis emigrating to the US has doubled between 2010 and 2013, with almost 90,000 migrants arriving in the US during this period.

There has also been a large increase in immigration from Iraq and Pakistan.

Surprisingly, the number of immigrants from Mexico fell by around 1% during the same period. The report suggests that there has now been an equilibrium reached between the number of Mexicans arriving in the country, and those leaving or dying. However Mexican immigrants still make up the largest group of foreign nationals living in the US, with around 25% of all migrants being Mexican-born

Other nationalities which had fewer immigrants in 2013 than in 2010 include Brazilians, Israelis, Koreans and Europeans.

The report was carried out by the Center for Immigration Studies, which analysed figures from the Census Bureau's American Community Survey. It found that the overall immigrant population in the US now stands at a record 41.3 million, which is around 13% of the population.

The report states that this is the highest rate of immigration in 93 years, since the influx of Eastern Europeans at the turn of last century.