Indians accounted for more than one-third of the temporary workers in the US in 2012. This was revealed by the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in its report released on 16 April 2014.
The report said that Indian temporary workers at 430000 also accounted for the largest number of non-immigrants residing in the US in 2012. Indians were followed by Chinese with 210000 residents and South Koreans with 140000 residents at second and third position. In 2012, 1.87 million non-immigrants resided in the US.
Highlights of the DHS Report
• Out of the 1.9 million non-immigrants residing in the US, the largest categories were temporary workers (45 percent, or 840000) and students (38 percent, or 720000).
• Among temporary workers, 38 percent were citizens of India and 45 percent were in the age group of 25-34
• Nearly 50 percent of the students were citizens of China (22 percent), India (14 percent), or South Korea (13 percent)
• Slightly more than 50 percent of the students were in age group of 18-24
• About half of the resident non-immigrants (980000) were citizens of Asian countries, including India (23 percent), China (11 percent), South Korea (eight percent) and Japan (five percent).
• Europe and North America comprised another 26 percent, led by Canada (six percent) and Mexico (five percent).
• The five leading countries accounted for over 50 per cent of the total non-immigrants residing in the US.
• Temporary workers made up much larger portions of the non-immigrant populations from Mexico (78 percent), India (74 percent), Canada (67 percent) and the UK (65 percent) than from all countries combined (45 percent)
• Exchange visitors made up another 12 per cent of the total resident non-immigrant population and the remaining four per cent were diplomats and other representatives.
• Germany and France led the exchange visitor category accounting for more than 60 percent of the total.
• The top 5 destination states accounted for 44 percent of the total non-immigrants and the top 10 accounted for more than 60 percent.
• California was the leading destination state, followed by the New York, Texas, Florida and Massachusetts.
• Large percentages of the temporary worker population resided in Texas, New Jersey and Washington and whereas larger than average percentages of the student population resided in Massachusetts and Pennsylvania.