Sending Gifts to Families Overseas

    The US is a nation of immigrants. Naturally, it’s difficult to be away from your family as it is let alone on important holidays and milestones. Whether you send a gift certificate to a cousin in Italy or flower delivery for a holiday in the Ukraine, it’s the thought that counts.Here is a list of where people come from the United States as it cites the foreign-born population the United States as of 2013 (Source: Wikipedia):

    Origin

      500,000 +
      200,000–499,999
      100,000–199,999
      50,000–99,999

    Rate of immigration to the United States relative to sending countries’ population size, 2006–2010.

    Foreign born population of the United States by country of birth in 2013 (U.S. Census Bureau)[87]and number of immigrants between 1986 and 2012 by country of birth[88]

    A country is included in the table if it exceeded 50,000 in either category.

    Country of birth Population (2013) Immigrants (1986–2012)
     United States 316,497,531 3,132
    Total foreign born 41,347,945 26,147,963
     Mexico 11,584,977 5,551,757
     China 2,383,831 1,399,667
     India 2,034,677 1,323,011
     Philippines 1,843,989 1,480,946
     Vietnam 1,281,010 955,967
     El Salvador 1,252,067 676,776
     Cuba 1,144,024 666,657
     South Korea 1,070,335 609,321
     Dominican Republic 991,046 904,721
     Guatemala 902,293 353,122
     Canada 840,192 394,790
     Jamaica 714,743 507,741
     United Kingdom 695,489 383,037
     Colombia 677,231 498,551
     Haiti 593,980 536,657
     Germany 584,184 192,676
     Honduras 533,598 178,321
     Peru 440,292 320,611
     Poland 432,601 360,669
     Ecuador 427,906 243,217
     Russia 390,934 476,306
     Iran 363,972 358,586
     Italy 354,305 69,111
     Ukraine 345,187 306,203
     Pakistan 342,603 347,237
     Japan 339,970 172,893
     Brazil 337,040 214,266
     Guyana 259,815 214,995
     Nicaragua 240,619 191,701
     Nigeria 234,465 227,497
     Thailand 233,547 174,168
     Trinidad and Tobago 232,026 157,689
     Bangladesh 203,179 215,164
     Iraq 200,894 153,897
     Venezuela 197,724 143,411
     Laos 196,154 110,235
     Ethiopia 195,805 202,518
     Portugal 182,473 53,831
     Egypt 176,443 153,755
     France 170,394 87,601
     Argentina 170,086 98,999
     Cambodia 164,746 106,183
     Romania 157,302 140,887
     Ghana 149,377 130,542
     Greece 137,084 37,406
     Republic of Ireland 128,350 104,586
     Israel 127,079 106,568
     Lebanon 124,256 113,727
     Burma 116,775 94,792
     Bosnia and Herzegovina 112,240 129,481
     Kenya 110,678 92,891
     Turkey 109,667 85,415
     Spain 102,475 41,328
     Panama 101,024 57,628
     Chile 97,585 54,573
     South Africa 95,191 69,992
     Indonesia 94,600 61,493
     Saudi Arabia 88,894 n/a
       Nepal 87,456 58,841
     Netherlands 85,085 35,117
     Albania 81,047 84,031
     Bolivia 79,924 52,177
     Armenia 79,122 62,201
     Syria 78,934 68,864
     Liberia 78,909 74,632
     Australia 78,797 12,926
     Costa Rica 78,659 47,648
     Hungary 74,213 31,365
     Malaysia 68,956 n/a
     Bulgaria 67,941 68,768
     Afghanistan 67,169 59,480
     Jordan 65,618 104,168
     Czech Republic 64,354 27,354
     Morocco 63,798 76,622
     Barbados 52,499 25,444
     Sri Lanka 51,268 51,675
     Belarus 50,934 58,254
     Belize 50,296 n/a

    Note: Counts of immigrants since 1986 for Russia includes “Soviet Union (former)”, and for Czech Republic includes “Czechoslovakia (former)”.

    As you can see roughly 12% of the US population is foreign-born which means that families are inevitably separated, and technology can close that gap. Ideally, you want to provide a gift that is meaningful for your relatives. Our staff is from three different countries with two being foreign born as the New Theory team often is tasked with sending gifts and sometimes even Western Union money. Some ideas are traditional are to send roses in the Ukraine or even a simple phone case for their new iPhone. Just because our families live overseas, doesn’t mean they are any further from our hearts.

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