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An estimated 11.1 million unauthorized immigrants lived in the U.S. in 2014.
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September 30, 2016

U.S. unauthorized immigrant population holds steady since 2009

An estimated 11.1 million unauthorized immigrants lived in the U.S. in 2014 – a figure that has steadied since the end of the Great Recession. The number of unauthorized immigrants declined from Mexico but grew from other countries,our study found.

Read five facts about illegal immigration in the U.S., and how Pew Research Center calculates its population estimate.


U.S. Latino population growth and dispersion has slowed since onset of the Great Recession

The nation’s Latino population, which has long been characterized by its rapid growth, has slowed since 2007. Falling immigration rates from Latin America and a decline in Hispanic birth rates have driven the trend, our study found.

Read the key takeaways, and explore the data by state, county and metropolitan area in our interactive maps and fact sheets.


The racial confidence gap in police performance

Whites are about twice as likely as blacks to say local police do an excellent or good job using the right amount of force for each situation, 75% to 33%. About six-in-ten (62%) Hispanics say their community’s police are doing at least a good job in this area. On this measure and others, a majority of Hispanics give their local police high marks, our survey found.


10 facts for National Hispanic Heritage Month

Read our key facts about the nation’s Hispanic population by age, geography and origin groups. The U.S. Hispanic population now stands at 57 million, making up 18% of the nation’s population, up from 5% in 1970.


Immigrant naturalization applications climb, but not as much as past years

The number of legal permanent residents applying for U.S. citizenship in the nine months starting last October is at its highest level in four years. But larger spikes in the past have occurred for more practical reasons, such as a pending fee increase in 2007.


Migrant remittances worldwide drop in 2015 for first time since Great Recession

Worldwide, an estimated $582 billion was sent by migrants to relatives in their home countries in 2015, a $10 billion decline from 2014. This is the first drop in global remittances since 2009, when they fell by $28 billion amid the global financial crisis.

Our interactive details the inflows and outflows of money sent by migrants worldwide.


U.S. immigrant deportations declined in 2014, but remain near record high

The Obama administration deported 414,481 unauthorized immigrants in fiscal year 2014, a drop of about 20,000 (or 5%) from the prior year.

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