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Abby Budiman

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GlobalJanuary 30, 2019

Immigrant share in U.S. nears record high but remains below that of many other countries

Nearly 14% of the U.S. population is foreign-born. That’s the highest share of foreign-born people in the country since 1910, but it’s far from the highest in the world.

HispanicSeptember 14, 2018

Facts on U.S. Immigrants: Interactive charts and detailed tables

There were a record 43.7 million immigrants living in the U.S. in 2016, a more than fourfold increase since 1960. Explore the demographic information of the nation’s immigrant population.

GlobalJuly 25, 2018

Number of foreign college graduates staying in U.S. to work climbed again in 2017, but growth has slowed

A record 276,500 foreign graduates received work permits under the Optional Practical Training program in the U.S. in 2017, up from 257,100 in 2016.

GlobalMay 10, 2018

Where do foreign student graduates work in the United States?

Explore the movement of international graduates in the 61 metro areas where at least 5,000 foreign graduates applied and were approved for OPT.

GlobalMay 10, 2018

Number of Foreign College Students Staying and Working in U.S. After Graduation Surges

The federal Optional Practical Training program saw a 400% increase in foreign students graduating and working in STEM fields between 2008 and 2016.

GlobalJanuary 23, 2018

Remittance Flows Worldwide in 2016

Worldwide, an estimated $574 billion (USD) was sent by migrants to relatives in their home countries in 2016, a 1% decline from 2015, when the amount was $581 billion, according to economists at the World Bank.

HispanicJanuary 23, 2018

Migrants from Latin America and the Caribbean sent a record amount of money to their home countries in 2016

Remittance flows decreased worldwide for a second consecutive year in 2016, the first back-to-back decline in over three decades. Remittances to Latin America and the Caribbean, however, rose to a record high.

GlobalOctober 17, 2017

Amid decline in international adoptions to U.S., boys outnumber girls for the first time

Americans adopted around 5,370 children from other countries in fiscal year 2016. For the first time, males outnumbered females among adoptees from abroad.

GlobalSeptember 19, 2017

5 facts about government debt around the world

Public debt has increased sharply in many countries in recent years, particularly during and after the Great Recession.

Pew Research CenterAugust 9, 2017

Few see EU as world’s top economic power despite its relative might

The European Union ranks as the world’s second-largest economy by gross domestic product, but few people globally see it as an economic leader ahead of China or the United States.