Census shows rise in Asian immigrants settling in California

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Robert Groves, Director of the U.S. Census Bureau, discusses the first results of the 2010 Census during a press conference December 21, 2010 in Washington, DC.

There's a California population shift with Asian immigrants replacing Latin America as the primary source of the state's immigrants.

Census figures show the flow of Asians coming to California is more than two times greater than the flow from Latin America.

Public Policy Institute co-director Hans Johnson tells the Sacramento Bee that the shift is astounding and could represent the end of an era.

About 42 percent of immigrants coming to the state in 2001 were from Latin America, primarily Mexico, while 37 percent were from Asia. A decade later, 57 percent were from Asia and 22 percent from Latin America.

New immigrants from Latin America plummeted from about 147,000 in 2001 to 60,000 in 2011.

California's faltering economy is apparently a major factor.

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