Fascinating animation:


Immigration to the US, 1820-2007 v2 from Ian S on Vimeo.

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8 Responses to “Immigration to the US”

  1. leftback says:

    I think I spotted leftback streaming across the Atlantic in 1985.
    That was a long trip in a rowing boat…

  2. jmborchers says:

    Pretty neat animation.

    Fin Congress. They are taking too long to act! Petty arguments over stupid crap. Time for another Boston Tea party.

    Tomorrow looks aweful. I’ll be covering my GLW short in the cover of darkness tomorrow early prolly.

  3. KJ Foehr says:

    Traders are freaking out a little in AH. SPY trading at 85.84; close at 87.94. SRS over 100. BAC was higher after the job cut news; now it’s trading lower than the close.

    Republicans are trying to make it look like they care about deficit spending and acting socialistic. But they will vote for a bill soon. It’s a given, IMO.

    PPI and retail sales better be decent in the morning…

  4. neward says:

    I don’t know how accurate this graphical representation is, a number of people will jump to the false conclusion that the steady stream from Africa represents the importation of slaves, it does not, that was banned in 1808.

    The graphic does not show a drop off in immigration from the far east after the Chinese Exclusion Act in 1880, the first restriction on immigration (besides banning slave importation) in the US, nor does it show the effects of the Immigration Act of 1917, which created an Asiatic Barred Zone including the rest of Asia not covered by previous Chinese or Japanese restrictions.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slavery_in_the_United_States#Rising_tensions
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chinese_Exclusion_Act_(United_States)
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asiatic_Barred_Zone_Act
    http://www.dhs.gov/ximgtn/statistics/publications/LPR07.shtm

    They said they were drawing their data from DHS (link above), but from looking at “Persons Obtaining Legal Permanent Resident Status by Region and Selected Country of Last Residence: Fiscal Years 1820 to 2007″, the data is not accurately represented.

  5. wrongwy says:

    Check out the youtube version if numbersusa site is still down.

  6. neward says:

    Roy Beck’s talk starts out claiming that 1925-1965 was the “Golden Age of Immigration”, that date range conveniently straddles the Great Depression, the Second World War (a draft), and the Korean War (a draft) and claims that this was a time period when America became a “middle class society” because of low immigration. Ridiculous.

    The United States has a very low population density compared to other Western Nations, the foreign born population in 1900 was 20% while today it’s 10%. An academic study has found that Spanish speaking immigrants of today are learning English at a faster rate than the Italian-speaking immigrants of 100 years ago. Numbers USA argues for supporting 1925-1965 immigration levels, I don’t see how anyone can claim that the country is not more enriched and competitive because of the massive amount of Asian immigration enabled by 60s legislation. Silicon Valley simply wouldn’t have been.

    …to my previous point about this graphic, note that there is a steady stream of immigration from Australia throughout the entire animation starting in 1830, Australia was barely a penal colony in 1830.

  7. AGORACOM says:

    Let’s check back in 2050 when the graphic shows the planet heading for China.

    The Greek