Washington: There has been a significant surge in the rate of legal immigrants from India becoming US citizens, touching 65% in 2005 from 56% in 1995, a study has said.
Statistics showed that 133,000 Indians were in the “soon to be” naturalised category in 2005 from a total eligibility pool of 248,000, said the study released by the Pew Hispanic Center.
“We’ve seen dramatic changes in countries across the board,” said Jeffrey Passel, the Center’s senior research associate. “Today’s immigrants are interested in becoming US citizens,” he said.
The number of legal immigrants from all over the world becoming US citizens grew to a record nearly 13 million between 1995 and 2005, the study released on Wednesday said.
More than half of the nation’s legal immigrants are now naturalized citizens, “the highest level in a quarter century and a 15% increase since 1990,” when the proportion of naturalised immigrants reached historic lows.
Since 1995, the average number of yearly naturalizations has surpassed 650,000, compared with 150,000 in 1970, it said.
The study has shown that among the immigrants who were eligible to become citizens by 2005, 77% from the Middle East had already done so, Asia (South and East Asia) coming in second place with 71% followed by 69% for Europe and Canada and 46% for Latin America.