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How did immigration patterns shift in the 1970s and 1980s?

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edilove | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 2) Honors

Posted March 25, 2013 at 7:32 PM via web

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How did immigration patterns shift in the 1970s and 1980s?

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted March 25, 2013 at 8:27 PM (Answer #1)

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There were two main changes in the patterns of immigration in the 1970s and 1980s.  First, immigration increased dramatically.  Second, new kinds of people started to come to the United States.

Before the 1970s, immigration had not been as prevalent.  It had crashed, of course, during World War II.  Then it started to increase again.  By the end of the 1980s, immigration rates were almost double of what they had been during the 1960s. 

The origins of the immigrants to the United States changed in this time period as well.  Immigrants from two sources became much more prevalent.  First, there came to be many more immigrants from Asian countries.  Second, immigrants from Mexico came to be much more numerous as well. 

Thus, there were two major changes to immigration patterns in the 1970s and 1980s.

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