The Contributions of New Americans in New Jersey

For decades, the state of New Jersey has exerted a powerful draw on immigrants coming to the United States. From the 1960s to the 1990s, New Jersey was one of seven states that as a group attracted between 60 to 75 percent of all the immigrants arriving in America each year. Today, New Jersey is home to almost 2 million foreign-born residents. That means that more than one in five New Jersey residents, or 21.7 percent, are foreign-born. In only two other states, California and New York, is a higher share of the population made up of immigrants.

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