Tamara Audi reports on March 8, 2012:
The U.S. is the top destination for Christian and Buddhist immigrants, according to a study released Thursday by the Pew Research Center, reflecting a decadeslong surge in migration from Latin America and a quest by Chinese to improve their economic lot.
The study, which tallied immigrant populations around the world and broke them down by religion, tracked the movement of Christians, Muslims, Jews, Hindus, Buddhists and other groups, including agnostics and atheists. It showed 32 million Christian and 1.7 million Buddhist immigrants living in the U.S. as of 2010, and found that a quarter of all Jews are living in a country other than the one in which they were born, making them by far the most migratory religious group in the world.
The U.S. is also the No. 1 destination for immigrants in general, the study said. Russia, with 12 million immigrants, is the second-most-popular, followed by Germany, with more than 10 million. Saudi Arabia and Canada were next, each having attracted just over seven million immigrants. Russia’s large economy “is a magnet for migrants looking for jobs from nearby countries,” said Phillip Connor of Pew, the study’s lead researcher. Read more …