- Census Bureau data for counties shows where people are coming in and going out.
- The above map of the United States shows net international migration during part of the pandemic.
- Most counties, 71%, recorded positive net international migration.
Just over 2,000 US counties and county equivalents saw more immigrants from other countries than people leaving the country during part of the pandemic. This means that approximately 71% or 2,218 of the 3,143 counties and county equivalents experienced net positive international migration.
This is based on Census Bureau data covering net international migration from July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021.
Insider recently looked at what county-level net domestic migration rates look like using Census Bureau estimates, but the Census Bureau also releases data on net international migration.
The map above shows which counties saw more people moving to the county from outside the US than moving and which counties saw more people moving to another country than moving from inside. outside the United States. We have adjusted net international migration by population to July 1, 2020. Places with positive net international migration rates are in blue. Places with negative net international migration rates are in red.
Most places recorded positive net international migration, but some places recorded negative values.
“Counties with a net loss of international migration (more people leaving the country than within the country) were most often in California (41.4%), Oregon (27.8%) and Mississippi (23.2%),” the Census Bureau wrote in a press release. Release.
There were hundreds of counties that actually saw no change in international migration from July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021, or zero net international migration during this part of the pandemic. This includes Cook County, Georgia and Henderson County, Texas.
The following table shows the counties with the largest positive net international migration over the period among places with at least 10,000 residents as of July 1, 2020:
Overall, net international migration to the United States has not been as high as in previous years. This is partly because of the pandemic.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on international migration patterns to and from the United States, driving the lowest levels of international migration in decades and affecting data typically used to measure flows. migration,” said Jason Schachter, Pete Borsella and Anthony Knapp. from the Census Bureau post wrote in a post.
David Kelly, JPMorgan Asset Management’s chief global strategist, recently wrote in a weekly note that “net immigration to the United States, both legal and illegal, has been around 360,000 a year over the past past two years, up from over a million a year in the middle of the last decade.”
“This decline reflects both stricter immigration policies and the pandemic, which has reduced legal immigration and caused some recent immigrants to return to their home countries,” Kelly wrote in the note.
Kelly recently told Insider that accelerating immigration, especially based on job skills and demand, could help solve the historic labor shortage the country finds itself in.
“We need more workers,” US Chamber of Commerce CEO Suzanne Clark previously told reporters according to CNN, as reported by Insider’s Grace Dean. “We should welcome people who want to come here, go to school and stay.”