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From 1920 to 2013, a total of 79 million people from around the world have emigrated to the United States and become lawful permanent residents. This animated map visualizes them all, each moving dot representing 10,000 new arrivals.
Through time the sources of migration follow a clear trend through the world. Initially, the bulk of immigration comes from Western Europe (Ireland, Germany, and the U.K.). The next wave, starting around 1880, comes from further east in Europe (Italy, Russia, and Hungary). Through the 20th Century, most of the Immigration arrives from the Americas (Canada and Mexico). And finally, the last few decades have seen a rise in immigration from Asia (China and the Philippines).