The big story in Mass­a­chu­setts in the last 10 years is the increase in the foreign-​​born pop­u­la­tion,” said Len Albright, an assis­tant pro­fessor of soci­ology and public policy at North­eastern Uni­ver­sity. Without immi­grants, the state’s pop­u­la­tion would have fallen over the past decade, he said.

Boston’s pop­u­la­tion in 1990 was about 20 per­cent for­eign born; now it is 27 per­cent, according to the census numbers.

Most of Mass­a­chu­setts’ recent immi­grants came from Latin America and Asia, with Brazil, China, and the Dominican Republic top­ping the list, according to a report released last month by the Immi­grant Learning Center, a non­profit that runs classes for immi­grants and does research.

The kinds of jobs the immi­grants took varied widely, as did their incomes, said the report’s authors, Pro­fessor Alan Clayton-​​Mathews of North­eastern Uni­ver­sity and Pro­fessor Paul Watanabe, director of the Insti­tute of Asian Amer­ican Studies at UMass Boston.

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