Immigrants Make New York City Great

President Johnson signed the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965 into law on October 3, 1965 at Liberty Island, New York.

President Johnson signed the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965 into law on October 3, 1965. Prior to the Act, the U.S. was 85% White, with Black people (most of whom were descendants of slaves) making up 11%, while Latinos made up less than 4%. In opening entry to the U.S. to immigrants other than Western and Northern Europeans, the Act significantly altered the demographic mix in the country.

Since 1965, New York City has continued to be a major destination for immigrants from a wide range of countries and regions across the globe. Here’s a list of various immigrant groups and the corresponding timeframe in which they have immigrated into New York City. It’s important to note that immigration patterns can be complex and ongoing:

1. Latin American Immigrants: Beginning in the 1960s and continuing through the present day, immigrants from countries such as Mexico, the Dominican Republic, and various Central and South American nations have settled in New York City.

2. Caribbean Immigrants: Immigrants from countries like Jamaica, Haiti, Trinidad and Tobago, and other Caribbean nations have been a significant part of New York’s immigrant community since the 1960s.

3. Chinese Immigrants: New York City’s Chinatown has seen a substantial influx of immigrants from China, particularly starting in the 1970s.

4. South Asian Immigrants: Immigrants from countries like India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka have been arriving in significant numbers since the 1970s.

5. Filipino Immigrants: Filipino immigrants have been coming to New York City in increasing numbers, particularly from the 1970s onward.

6. Russian and Former Soviet Union Immigrants: After the fall of the Soviet Union, there was an influx of immigrants from Russia, Ukraine, and other former Soviet republics, with a significant increase in the 1990s.

7. African Immigrants: Since the 1980s, immigrants from a variety of African countries, including Nigeria, Ghana, Senegal, and Ethiopia, have chosen New York City as their home.

8. Middle Eastern Immigrants: Immigrants from countries such as Egypt, Israel, Palestine, and more have been coming to New York City since the late 20th century.

9. South and Southeast Asian Immigrants: Immigrants from countries like Vietnam, Bangladesh, Nepal, and Sri Lanka have arrived in the city in notable numbers from the late 20th century through the present.

10. Mexican Immigrants: There has been a steady stream of Mexican immigrants into New York City, particularly since the 1990s.

11. West African Immigrants: Immigrants from West African countries, including Mali, Senegal, and Nigeria, have been arriving in increasing numbers in recent decades.

12. Arab Immigrants: The Arab immigrant population in New York City has grown, with people from countries like Syria, Lebanon, and Yemen establishing communities.

13. Eastern European Immigrants: Immigrants from Eastern European countries like Poland, Ukraine, and Hungary have continued to arrive since the 1990s.

14. Central Asian Immigrants: Immigrants from Central Asian nations, such as Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan, have also found a home in New York City, especially in the 21st century.

Remember, these immigrant communities are dynamic and continue to evolve. Additionally, the time line for immigration can vary among individuals and communities within each group. New York City’s immigrant population remains diverse, continues to grow and contributes to the city’s rich cultural fabric.