descent. The overwhelming majority of Bangladeshi Americans are Bengalis
. Most of them have immigrated from Sylhet
region with a long trading history. Bangladeshi immigrants arrived in the United States especially after the early 1990s to become among the fastest growing ethnic communities that decade. New York City
in New Jersey
, Los Angeles
, Washington, D.C.
, and Hamtramck, Michigan
are home to notable Bangladeshi communities.
Immigration to the United States from Bangladesh grew slowly from the 1970s-80s. However during the early 1990s, the number of Bangladeshi immgrants increased during the peak of 1991, with more than a thousand annually. Many of the migrants settled in urban areas such as New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Detroit. Some authorities claimed that a number of these people were illegal immigrants, around 100 were deported under the 1996 immigration act, by the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service
(INS). In New York it was estimated that 10,000 Bangladeshis resided in the city. During the late 1990s, some Bangladeshis moved from New York to Detroit, home to prominent communities of other Muslim Americans
, in search of better work opportunities and an affordable cost of living. The community formed newspaper organizations. The Los Angeles Bangladesh Association was created in 1971, and there were 500 members... Read More