As many as two lakh Indians are living illegally in the United States, a latest official report on illegal residents for the year 2009 has claimed.
This is a jump of 40,000 as against 160,000 illegal Indians living in the US in the year 2008.
This jump in unauthorised Indians living in the US comes at a time when there is a decline in the number of illegal foreign residents from 11.6 million in January 2008 to 10.8 million in January 2009 – a drop of seven per cent.
“Between 2000 and 2007, the unauthorised population grew by 3.3 million from 8.5 million to 11.8 million,” said the report Estimates of the Unauthorised Immigrant Population Residing in the United States: January 2009 released by the Department of Homeland Security on Tuesday.
“The number of unauthorised residents declined by 1.0 million between 2007 and 2009, coincident with the US economic downturn. The overall annual average increase in the unauthorised population during the 2000-2009 period was 250,000,” the report said.
Mexico with 6.7 million (62 per cent) continued to be the leading source of unauthorised immigration to the US.
The next leading source countries for unauthorised immigrants in 2009 were El Salvador (530,000), Guatemala (480,000), Honduras (320,000), the Philippines (270,000) and India (200,000), the report said.
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