Chain Migration Generates Mass Influx from Bangladesh

‘Each new initiating immigrant…sponsored an average of 4.44 relatives…’

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(Ana Michaels, Liberty Headlines) A new study by  the Center for Immigration Studies exposes chain migration enabled Bangladesh to become one of the largest visa lottery countries over seven years of the Obama administration.

“We found that each new initiating immigrant from Bangladesh sponsored an average of 4.44 relatives in chain migration categories between 2000 and 2016,” said Jessica Vaughan, the Center’s director of policy and co-author of the report.

“Chain migration now greatly exceeds new immigration from Bangladesh and other countries,” Vaughan said. “It is a system that builds in momentum for growth in entries based on family ties rather than skills. This is one reason why immigration has distorted labor markets and why it has been a fiscal drain.”

According to the study, other key findings include:

  • The visa lottery resulted in thousands of new immigrant visa issuances in Bangladesh in most years since 1995. For a seven-year period (2005-2011), citizens of Bangladesh made up between 5 percent and 9 percent of all lottery visas issued, making Bangladesh one of the largest visa lottery-sending countries.
  • Prior to 2009, a significant share of immigrant visas to citizens of Bangladesh were issued to initiating immigrants (non-chain migrants, or first-in-the-family immigrants), who were mainly lottery winners. Since then, the proportions have shifted, and the great majority of all of the immigrant visas issued to Bangladeshis have been chain migration cases, with a large share appearing to stem from visa lottery winners.
  • Bangladesh was removed from the visa lottery after 2012 due to large numbers of new immigrants qualifying in family-based categories, but chain migration has resulted in still higher numbers of immigrant visa issuances. Chain migration has caused annual immigrant visas from Bangladesh to grow from 5,845 in 2000 to 15,801 in 2016, an increase of 170 percent.
  • The Bangladesh chain migration multiplier is 4.44 for the 2000-2016 period, meaning that the average new immigrant sponsored at least four relatives in this time period. This is higher than the most recent worldwide average chain migration multiplier of 3.45.
  • The “Parents” category is the largest single category of immigrant visas issued in Bangladesh, representing 26 percent of total chain migration from Bangladesh.

Chain migration and the visa lottery propelled Bangladesh into the top ten countries on the State Department’s immigrant visa waiting list.

The study says that there are now more than 175,000 people on that waiting list – some with ties to terrorism.

On December 11, 2017 a suicide bomber set off a homemade explosive device at the Port Authority Bus Terminal subway.

The bomber, 27-year old Akayed Ullah, was a Bangladeshi immigrant who carried out the attack “in the name of ISIS.”