Thursday, December 1, 2022

Legal Immigration Makes a Comeback in the United States

In After a Slump, Legal Immigration to the United States Is Returning to Pre-Pandemic Levels, Muzaffar Chishti and Julia Gelatt for Migration Information Source concludes that legal immigration to the United States appears to have bounced back from steep declines sparked by the global pandemic.

The country looks to have accepted 1 million lawful permanent residents in fiscal year 2022, near the average over the last two decades. This represents a marked turnaround from the low of 707,000 permanent immigrants accepted in FY 2020, the fewest since FY 2003.

This strong recovery belies predictions that the pandemic had allowed the Trump administration to make lasting, deep cuts to legal immigration.  While immigration slumped in FY 2020 and FY 2021, the rebound suggests that neither the Trump administration’s policies nor the pandemic have had enduring effects on the level of legal immigration to the United States.  Here is a graph from the report:



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