Over one-third of temporary workers in US from India: Report

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More than one-third of the temporary workers in the US in 2012 were from India, which also accounted for the largest number of non-immigrants residing in the US that year, according to an official report.

Of the 1.87 million resident non-immigrants in the US in 2012, India accounted for the maximum number of 430,000 residents, followed by China with 210,000 residents and South Korea with 140,000, the Department of Homeland Security said in its latest report.

Out of the 1.9 million non-immigrants residing in US in 2012, the largest categories were temporary workers (45%, or 840,000) and students (38%, or 720,000), the report said.

"Among temporary workers, 38% were citizens of India and 45% were ages 25-34," the report said adding that nearly 50% of the students were citizens of China (22%), India (14%), or South Korea (13%).

Slightly more than 50% of the students were ages 18-24, the report said.

Exchange visitors made up another 12% of the total resident non-immigrant population and the remaining 4% were diplomats and other representatives.

Estimates for students and exchange visitor principals are consistent with counts of "active"" students from the DHS Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS), the report said.

The Department of Homeland Security said about half of the resident non-immigrants (980,000) were citizens of Asian countries, including India (23%), China (11%), South Korea (8%) and Japan (5%).

Europe and North America comprised another 26%, led by Canada (6%) and Mexico (5%).

The five leading countries accounted for over 50% of the total, it said.

According to the report, temporary workers made up much larger portions of the non-immigrant populations from Mexico (78%), India (74%), Canada (67%) and the United Kingdom (65%) than from all countries combined (45%).

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