Did You Know?
- In 2013, approximately 41.3 million immigrants lived in the United States, an all-time high for a nation historically built on immigration.
- The United States remains a popular destination attracting about 20 percent of the world’s international migrants. Immigrants accounted for 13 percent of the total 316 million U.S. residents;
- Adding the U.S.-born children (of all ages) of immigrants means that approximately 80 million people, or one-quarter of the overall U.S. population, is either of the first or second generation. (Source: Migration Policy Institute).
Firoozeh Dumas is from Iran, in South Central Asia. Do you know the other countries that make up this part of the world?
Terminology: “Foreign born” and “immigrant” are used interchangeably and refer to persons with no U.S. citizenship at birth. (Source: U.S. Census Bureau)
How many immigrants are there in the U.S. from South Central Asia?
(Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2013 estimates)
Sri Lanka 51,268
Other South Central Asia 60,695
More Notable People with Iranian Heritage
- Hamed Haddadi is an Iranian professional basketball player, first Iranian to play in the NBA.
- Golshifteh Farahani is a popular Iranian actress who works internationally.
- Javad Nekounam is an Iranian soccer star known for his 2006 World Cup performance.
- Forugh Farrokhzad was one of Iran’s most influential female poets of the twentieth century.
- British-Iranian Omid Djalili is a popular stand-up comedian, actor, producer, writer.
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