New York: The number of illegal immigrants
entering the US has seen a sharp decline in the last decade,
marking the first negative growth registered in two decades,
new estimates show.
The largest drop in the number of unauthorised
entrants to the US has been from Latin American countries
other than Mexico, according to estimates by the Pew Hispanic
The annual inflow of unauthorised immigrants was
nearly two-thirds smaller in the March 2007 to March 2009
period than it had been from March 2000 to March 2005.
This sharp decline has contributed to an overall
reduction of 8 per cent in the number of unauthorised
immigrants currently living in the US to 11.1 million in March
2009 from a peak of 12 million in March 2007, according to the
"The decrease represents the first significant
reversal in the growth of this population over the past two
decades," the report said.
The study also finds that the most marked decline in
the population of unauthorised immigrants has been among those
who come from Latin American countries other than Mexico.
From 2007 to 2009, the size of this group from the
Caribbean, Central America and South America decreased 22 per