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Indians top illegal aliens in America

Press Trust of India

Posted: Aug 19, 2006 at 1914 hrs IST

People from India accounted for the greatest percentage of increase in America's illegal alien population since 2000, registering a jump of 133 per cent, an official report has said.

According to Office of Immigration Statistics, there are 280,000 illegals from India as of January 2005 or up from a population of about 120,000 in 2000, said the report released by Homeland Security Department on Friday.

"The greatest percentage increase in the unauthorised immigrant population from 2000 to 2005 occurred among immigrants from India (133 per cent) and Brazil (70 per cent)," said the report, 'Estimates of Unauthorised Immigrant Population Residing in the United States as of January 2005.'

The top five position for illegals has been taken up by Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala, India and China with Korea, the Philippines, Honduras, Brazil and Vietnam filling the next five positions. Only Vietnam showed an unchanged population of illegals between 2000 and 2005 at 160,000.

There are 11 million illegal aliens living and working in the US, up from 8.5 million in 2000--a 24 per cent jump with an expected annual growth of more than 408,000. The vast majority of the illegals--nearly six million--came from Mexico, followed by El Salvador, Guatemala, India and China.

Most of the illegals migrated to California, which now has an illegal alien population estimated at 2.8 million, followed by Texas with 1.4 million and Florida with 850,000.

States with greatest percentage increase in illegal aliens from 2000 to 2005 were Georgia (114 per cent); Arizona (45 per cent); Nevada (41 per cent) and North Carolina (38 per cent).

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