Asians have surpassed Hispanics as the largest group among new immigrants to the United States, according to a report released Tuesday by the Pew Research Center.
The 430,000 Asians who arrived in the United States in 2010 accounted for 36 percent of the total influx, while Latinos made up 31 percent.
A decade earlier, Hispanics were 59 percent of new immigrants, compared with 19 percent for Asians.
Numbering 18.2 million in 2011, Asian Americans now constitute 5.8 percent of the U.S. population, Pew said, citing Census Bureau data.
Hispanics remain by far the country's largest minority, representing nearly 17 percent of the population.
Sixty-one percent of Asian adults who have immigrated to the United States in the past few years are college graduates, a proportion almost double that of non-Asian immigrants.
Asian immigrants also excel at assimilating to life in the United States, according to the Pew report.
"Today they are the most likely of any major racial or ethnic group in America to live in mixed neighborhoods and to marry across racial lines," the independent research organization said on the basis of Census data and a survey of 3,511 Asian Americans.
Pew pointed out that net immigration to the United States from Mexico has fallen to zero, due to the sluggish economy north of the border and tougher enforcement of immigration laws.
While roughly 45 percent of Latino immigrants are undocumented, only 15 percent of Asian newcomers lack authorization to live and work in the United States, Pew said. EFE