Who Are California’s Unauthorized?
Total unauthorized population of California: 2.8 million
- About 25% of the nation’s unauthorized (11.4 million total).
- About 7% of California residents, 8% of adults and 9% of the workforce.
- The number in California and nationwide has remained roughly stable since the
end of the Great Recession in 2009. Estimates for 2010 and 2011 were 2.6 million.
More in SoCal but the unauthorized live throughout CA
Estimates for total unauthorized by county or region (CSII, 2013):
|Los Angeles County: 900,000||Bay Area: 387,000|
|Orange County: 237,000||Sacramento Metro: 83,000|
|San Diego County: 180,000||Central Valley: 332,000|
|Inland Empire: 260,000|
Overwhelmingly Mexican, some Central Americans, few Asians
LARGEST ASIAN COMMUNITIES OF UNAUTHORIZED:
Bay Area: 60,000 – 16% of total unauthorized – Philippines, China, India
Los Angeles County: 70,000 – 8% of total unauthorized – Philippines, Korea, China
Orange County: 30,000 – 13% of total unauthorized – Korea, Vietnam, Philippines
Department of Homeland Security: Estimates of the Unauthorized Immigrant Population Residing in the United States: January 2012 (March 2013). This is the basic source for data at the national level.
USC Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration: What’s at Stake of the State: Undocumented Californians, Immigration Reform, and Our Future Together (May 2013). Offering an assessment of the potential impact of legalization, this report includes the most detailed estimates available on the unauthorized in California with major characteristics of communities in various regions of the state.
About this project
The Tomás Rivera Policy Institute, a university research center with the mission to address the challenges and opportunities of demographic diversity in the 21st century global city, has produced these featured digital publications using the USC Media Curator, an online publishing platform designed to bring together innovative research from across the University of Southern California and beyond. This project curates research relevant for immigrant service providers on the topics of Access & Use of Technology, Access & Use of Financial Services, Notario Fraud, and Driver's Licenses for the unauthorized.