Most Significant Rise In International Immigration To Texas Not Coming From Latin America

Chris Fox
October 30, 2019 - 10:36 am
Texas Capitol Building

Credit: J.Burkett, 1080 KRLD


AUSTIN (1080 KRLD) - The latest projected census numbers show that the most significant rise in international immigration to Texas is not coming from Mexico or Central and South America.

Texas State Demographer Dr. Lloyd Potter testified before the State Senate Redistricting Select Committee on Tuesday at the State Capitol that the boom of immigration from south of the border has actually slowed down this decade.

“In 2005 before the recession approaching 70% of immigrants, people coming from other countries were coming from Latin American Countries; in Texas’ case mostly from Mexico. By 2015 this has shifted pretty dramatically. With the recession we saw pretty much a standstill of net migration from Mexico and Central and South America and that has not really rebounded,” said Potter. “Again listening to the news you may think we’re being overwhelmed by migration from Mexico and Central and South American countries, but really it’s pretty level…there is positive net immigration, but it’s not anything like it was in the Previous decade.”

Potter told lawmakers that Texas has seen a significant increase in Asian immigrants over the past decade, mostly from China and India.