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Immigration: The Characteristics of Green Card Holders

By Subhayu Bandyopadhyay, Asha Bharadwaj

KEY TAKEAWAYS

  • From 1989 to 2017, Mexico was the largest source of U.S. lawful permanent residents, or green card holders. Other big sources were China, the Philippines and India.
  • While many green cards are given to family members of U.S. citizens and permanent residents, a large number also go to skilled workers.
  • Green card holders, on average, are younger than the overall U.S. population. They could help support…

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