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The Older Foreign-Born Population in the United States: 2000

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Report Number P23-211


In March 2000, the foreign-born population of the United States reached 28.4 million, based on data from the 2000 Current Population Survey (CPS). Eleven percent of this group, or 3.1 million, were aged 65 and over. Although the total foreign-born population expanded from 1960 to2000 following four decades of low immigration, the older foreignborn essentially remained stable, so the proportion of older people among the foreign-born declined sharply, from 32.6 percent in 1960 to 11.0 per-cent in 2000.

What has contributed to the changing age distribution of the foreign-born population? Who are the current older foreign born, and will the future be different? This report examines immigration-related factors such as world region of birth, length of residence in the United States, and citizenship. It also provides a profile of demographic and socioeconomic characteristics of the current older foreign born, and a glimpse of the future.


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