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BREAKDOWN: Surprising immigration #'s for AZ, US

Posted: 4:02 PM, Mar 28, 2016
Updated: 2016-03-28 19:23:25-04

The total number of immigrants in our state continues to rise, according to a new national demographic analysis.

The Center for Immigration Studies recently released an analysis on immigrants in the United States, and Arizona saw an increase to the immigrant population of almost 460,000 from 2000 to 2015.

What's interesting is that these numbers differ from data produced by the Migration Policy Institute, which calculated lower immigrant percentages.

Take a look at the charts below to see both CIS's and MPI's immigrant data that spans over the past 40 years. For a full-screen view, click here.

The MPI also conducted a four-year research analysis (2009-2013) on who they deem "unauthorized immigrants" in the nation, and Arizona had some significant statistics.

According to the MPI's analysis, the state's unauthorized immigrant population is at 264,000, putting us at 9th out of the 41 states included in the study. 

The same study also looked at counties in the nation and Maricopa County totaled 190,000 unauthorized immigrants. That number is 72 percent of the state's total count of unauthorized immigrants.

For a detailed breakdown of MPI's national, state and county unauthorized immigrant data, click on the charts below. For a full-screen view, click here.

The Center for Immigration Studies describes itself as an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit, research organization that looks to provide information on the consequences of legal and illegal immigration into the United States. CIS states on their website that funding for their work comes from private foundation grants, as well as donations.

The Migration Policy Institute describes itself as an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit think tank dedicated to the analysis of the movement of people worldwide. On their site, they state that their funding primarily comes from research grants, as well as donations.