All Immigrants Latin America 2006 American Community Survey.
Period of Arrival The arrival of immigrants has ebbed and flowed over the past two centuries, affected by U.S. immigration policy and by economic conditions and poularly from Latin America, Asia, Eastern Europe, and the former Soviet Union. Close to a third of all Latin American and Asian immigrants and 44 percent of immigrants from the former Communist bloc immigrated during that period. Aside from the booming U.S. economy and the collapse of communism, than two thirds of Canadians and close to half of all Europeans now in New England immigrated before 1980, whereas only 11 percent and 17 percent of each respective group arrived between 2000 and 2006.
In contrast, immigration from countries in Latin America, Asia, and Africa has accelerated in recent years. Only 14 percent of immigrants from Latin America came to New England before 1980, but a full third immigrated after 2000. Immigration from Asia and Africa has followed similar patterns. While Africans, in particular, still account for only 6 percent of the region's immigrants, their numbers have grown at the highest rate: three times as many Africans immigrated to the region between 2000 and 2006, compared with before 1980.