Majority of New Immigrants to the U.S. Are Christian

June 7, 2003

Source: Los Angeles Times,0,1583044.story

On June 7, 2003 the Los Angeles Times reported that "nearly two-thirds of new immigrants to the United States are Christian, fueled mostly by Catholics coming from Latin America, according to research sponsored by several government agencies. Forty-two percent of immigrants are Catholic, 19% are Protestant and 4% are Eastern Orthodox, according to a study of almost 1,000 adult immigrants in 1996. Eight percent are Muslim, 4% are Buddhist, 3% are Jewish and 3% are Hindu. An additional 15% or so claimed no religion, and 1% named other religions. The percentages of Catholics, Muslims, Buddhists and Hindus in the immigrant population are all higher than their share of the current U.S. population. The research was funded by the National Institutes of Health, the Immigration and Naturalization Service and the National Science Foundation."