Teacher's Guide: Discussion Questions

Regional Origins of Immigrants to the United States, Selected Years

Source: Immigration and Naturalization Service, 2007 Yearbook of Immigration Statistics.

How has the proportion of Asian immigrants changed during the 20th century? The proportion of Latin Americans?


  1. How much does immigration contribute to population growth in the United States?
  2. Why do people move?
  3. Give examples of other "push" and "pull" factors.


Obtain data from a library, your state data center, the U.S. Census Bureau, or the Population Reference Bureau on the recent components of change for your state. How much growth in your state is due to net migration?


Where did your ancestors come from? If your ancestors are not American Indian, Alaska Native, or Native Hawaiian, when did they come to the United States? Why?