The Contributions of New Americans in Florida

With its close proximity to Latin America and the Caribbean, Florida has for decades attracted large numbers of immigrants looking to settle in the United States and grab a piece of the American dream. From the 1960s to the 1990s, Florida was one of seven states that as a group attracted between 60 to 75 percent of all the immigrants arriving in America each year. More recently, the number of foreign-born residents in the state has only continued to grow. Between 2010 and 2014, the immigrant population in Florida increased by almost 310,000 people. That meant that Florida, a state with an already large immigrant population, grew its foreign-born population by 8.4 percent during that period—or at a greater rate than the number of foreign-born residents increased in the country as a whole

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