Indian immigrants are getting richer in Canada, but they’re getting poorer in the U.S. as well, according to a new study that found some Indians are leaving the U, particularly in the Bay Area, because of a combination of poverty and crime.
The report, released Thursday by the Economic Policy Institute, found that the median annual income of Indian immigrants in Canada was $45,839 in 2017, a 6.3% increase from the previous year.
That compares with a median income of $40,946 in the United States, a 10.3%.
In the Bay area, the median income was $42,988, up 1.7% from the same year.
The median income for Indians in the area in the same period was $47,836, up 9.1%.
In New York City, the average Indian immigrant earned $53,732 in 2017 — about $3,000 more than the median American, according the report.
Indian immigrants have been settling in Canada for decades, especially in the past decade or so, when the country’s economy boomed, the report said.
The Bay Area has seen a boom in Indian immigration, the largest of which came in the early 2000s with the arrival of thousands of Indian and Chinese migrants.
Indian-Canadian communities have experienced a boom of new construction and the number of new high-rise apartment buildings has soared.
But Indian-Americans are leaving their neighborhoods, with many citing crime and poor job prospects in the city and the suburbs.
The Economic Policy institute said the median household income in New York was $51,000 in 2016, and $51.35 in 2018.
The report noted that the average household income for New York’s Indian-American population in 2018 was $46,849, up 11.4%.
In California, the income gap between Indians and Americans widened to $56,715 in 2018, up 4.2%.
In 2018, the Census Bureau found that Indian-Canadian households were much less likely to be in the top 1% of earners than non-Indian-American households.
The study, “The Rising Cost of Living in Canada: A Bay Area Tale of Two Cities,” was released at a time when the government is seeking to revitalize Canada’s economy.
Canada’s economic recovery is coming along slowly and the country faces an influx of refugees and a looming economic slowdown.