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200 years of immigration to the U.S., visualized

200 years of immigration to the U.S., visualized

Where have immigrants to the U.S. come from? Natalia Bronshtein, a professor and consultant who runs the blog Insightful Interaction, created this fascinating visualization of the number of immigrants to the U.S. since 1829 by country of origin.

The graph hints at tragic events in world history. The first influx of Irish occurred during the potato famine in 1845, while the massive influx of Russians in the first decade of the 20th Century was driven by anti-Semitic violence of the Russian pogroms (riots). Meanwhile in the Austro-Hungarian Empire, army conscription and the forced assimilation of minority groups drove people to the U.S. in the early 1900s.

Since WWII, Central and South America and Asia have replaced Europe as the largest source of immigrants to the U.S. Immigration shrunk to almost nothing as restrictions tightened during WWII, and then gradually expanded to reach its largest extent ever in the first decade of the 21st Century.

Bronshtein used data from Homeland Security’s Yearbook of Immigration Statistics to create the chart. You can view the interactive version, which lets you hover over a color to see the percentage and total immigrants from a certain country, here.

Republished courtesy of Natalia Bronshtein.

Ana Swanson | March 2, 2015 at 9:03 am
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