The net international migration to the United States in 2022 is said to have made a complete recovery from its COVID-19 downturn, when it reached some of its lowest levels in decades, according to the United States Census Bureau. As a result of worldwide disruptions such as travel restrictions, blocked borders, an enormous backlog in processing visas, and refugee resettlements, international movement has been minimal since 2020, the first year of the pandemic. However, in 2022, travel restrictions to the United States were loosened, and there was a significant increase in foreign migration with a number of almost one million new immigrants being welcomed into this nation.
A few of the largest increases in contacts include people from countries such as Colombia, Cuba, Nicaragua, Peru, and Venezuela. An example that really highlights the change in the number of immigrants is Columbia’s. Specifically, there were four encounters with Colombians in the U.S.-Mexico border in the year 2020. However, in 2022, there was a drastically large increase and the number of encounters turned out to be roughly 16,000. Similarly to the increase in the amount of Colombian nationals who have migrated to the United States, the same goes for nationals from the rest of the countries listed above.
In addition, ever since the start of the war between Russia and Ukraine, many Ukrainian citizens have been migrating to the United States with hopes of finding safety and security. Overall, after low numbers of immigration to the United States ever since the start of the pandemic, the past year has shown major increases with a number close to one million including migrants from around the entire world.