Nov 29, 2023 - News

Washington's undocumented immigrant population rebounds

Data: Pew Research Center and Census Bureau; Chart: Axios Visuals
Data: Pew Research Center and Census Bureau; Chart: Axios Visuals

The share of Washington residents living in the U.S. without legal permission has gone up in recent years, according to a new analysis.

Yes, but: Last year, undocumented immigrants made up the same percentage of the state's overall population as they did in 2005, per the Pew Research Center analysis. That percentage had dipped in the 2010s.

By the numbers: An estimated 3.9% of Washington residents were undocumented immigrants in 2021, according to Pew data.

  • That's an increase from 2016, when undocumented immigrants made up about 3.3% of Washington's population.

The big picture: Undocumented immigrants made up 3.2% of the U.S. population in 2021, down from 3.8% in 2005.

Plus: The undocumented population in the U.S. is becoming more diverse, as Axios Latino's Russell Contreras reports.

  • There were an estimated 4.1 million Mexicans living in the U.S. without authorization in 2021, accounting for 39% of the undocumented population — their lowest share in recent history.
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