Immigrant workers in California : up 30%

Most of them are Latino

LOS ANGELES.- The number of immigrant workers in California, the majority being Latinos, rose almost a 30% from 2000 to 2012, according to a report published today by the Migration Policy Institute (MPI).

This study also shows that in 2012 more than 35% of the civil workers over 16 years of age were foreign.

With over a 55% of them coming from Latin America, from the total of the California immigration workers in 2010, more than 5 out of 10 were not citizens and 4 out of 5 did not have a junior high school diploma.

In 2010 the foreign population made up a 27% of California's inhabitants; more than a third from those arrived to the western state after 2000, according to the "Labor Force Characteristics" report.

From the 2010 immigrant population living in California 42.5% was born in Mexico, 8% in the Philippines and 5.7% in China; states the paper.

Almost 8 out of every 10 California immigrants who entered the country before 1980 are citizens now, compared to less that 14% of the ones that arrived after 2000.

According to 2010 data registered on the report, from the immigrant population in California 6% were minors, 68% were of working age (18 to 54) and 26% were older than 54 years of age.

The 53% of the foreign population in California identifies as Latin, while 32% of the people born in California identify as Hispanics, says the report.

Translation : Karen Balderas


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