Asian immigrant women giving births in the U.S. at higher rates: study

Asian immigrant women giving births in the U.S. at higher rates: study

Asian female immigrants now account for a larger share of foreign mothers delivering babies in the United States, signaling a changing landscape of immigrants as Asians are increasingly outpacing Latinos in growth.

According to a new study by the Pew Research Center, Asian immigrant women now account for 22 per cent of U.S. births by foreign females, significantly up from 16 per cent in 2010.

On the other hand, fewer Latin American immigrants are giving births to babies in the nation. The study also revealed that the share of births from foreign mothers from Latin America slipped from 64 per cent in 2008 to 54 per cent in 2014.

But demographers noted that immigrants play a key role in the growth in the U.S. as fewer American women are delivering babies. Women from the region of sub-Saharan Africa were found to have the highest annual fertility rate, with 106.4 births per one thousand women.

William Frey, a senior fellow in the Brookings Institution’s Metropolitan Policy Program, said, “We in the United States have been and are going to be dependent on immigrants and the children of immigrants in the growth of our population. I think this adds to that in that the immigrant population of women is helping move that along.”

The report surfaced amid ongoing heated presidential election, in which Republican candidate Donald Trump has repeated blamed immigrants for various problems being faced by the nation.


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