Population of California immigrants shifting

Flow of Asians is two times greater

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - California's population of immigrants has gone through a major shift, according to the latest numbers.

Asia has replaced 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.

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 were from Latin America.

Experts say the decline of immigrants from Latin America is due to California's faltering economy.

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