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In the 2010-14 period, one in three Vietnamese immigrants lived in one of three U. cities: the greater Los Angeles, San Jose, and Houston metropolitan areas.

More than half (56 percent) resided in the top ten metropolitan areas (see Table 1).

From 1976 to 1977, the number of refugee arrivals dropped sharply for the most part because the United States denied admission to Vietnamese individuals except for family reunification. Southeast Asian Refugee Migration to the United States.

As a result of continuing political and ethnic conflicts within Southeast Asia, the number of refugees from Vietnam and its neighboring countries rose dramatically beginning in 1978.

Large-scale Vietnamese migration to the United States started as an influx of refugees following the end of the Vietnam War in 1975. S.-sponsored evacuation and consisted mainly of military personnel and urban, well-educated professionals associated with the U. The majority of these arrivals came from rural areas and were often less educated.

Many of the Vietnamese refugees who arrived in the United States between 19 were initially resettled in states with large immigrant populations, including California, Texas, and Washington State—a fact largely reflected by the geographic distribution of Vietnamese immigrants today.

In 2014, about 67 percent of Vietnamese immigrants (ages 16 and over) were in the civilian labor force, compared to 66 percent of all immigrants and 62 percent of the native born.

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Approximately 8 percent of Vietnamese immigrants spoke only English at home, compared to the 16 percent average for all immigrants.

Age, Education, and Employment The Vietnamese immigrant population was older than both the native- and overall foreign-born populations. In 2014, 81 percent of Vietnamese immigrants were of working age (18 to 64), similar to the overall immigrant population (80 percent), as shown in Table 2.

Instead, an increasing number of Vietnamese immigrants began to qualify for LPR status through family ties (either as immediate relatives of U. citizens or via family-sponsored preferences), as shown in Figure 6. The dotted portion of the line for refugee arrivals prior to 1982 indicates that these numbers are estimates obtained from Table 7.2 in Linda W.

The purple line represents Vietnamese immigrants granted lawful permanent resident (LPR) status both through family-sponsored preferences and as immediate relatives of U. Gordon, “Southeast Asian Refugee Migration to the United States,” 5(3): 153-73.

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