The Asian American Federation of Florida (AAFF) is a 501(c)(3) coalition that aims to unity and collaboration among the various Asian Pacific American organizations and to improve the relationship of a culturally diverse Asian Pacific American community in Florida. The AAFF is a statewide organization made up of more than 70 Bangladesh, Burmese, Cambodian, Chinese, Filipino, Indian, Iranian, Korean, Laotian, Taiwanese, Thai, Turkish and Vietnamese community-based organizations, businesses and media.

Growth in Voter Registration, Turnout

by Race and Hispanic Origin, Florida 2004 to 2012, Ranked by Growth in Voter Registration

    • Between 2004 and 2012, the number of Asian Americans who registered to vote and cast ballots in Florida grew 73% each, rates similar to those of Latinos (76% and 70%, respectively).
  • In the Miami MSA, about 59% of NHPI immigrants and 57% of Asian American immigrants are citizens, proportionally higher than all other racial groups. Among Asian American ethnic groups, Vietnamese (71%), Chinese (67%), and Pakistani American (60%) immigrants are the most likely to be citizens.
    • Since 2000, the number of naturalized Asian American immigrants in the MSA increased 49% to over 57,000.1
    • In the Miami MSA, over 13,000 Asian American immigrants who obtained legal permanent resident (LPR) status between 1985 and 2005 are eligible to naturalize but have not yet become citizens. About 96% of these immigrants are of voting age.2
  • Immigrants from India, China, and the Philippines are the largest groups of noncitizen Asian Americans LPRs eligible to naturalize.3
  • The majority of Japanese American immigrants (77%) and a large proportion of immigrants from South Korea (46%) and Laos (41%) are eligible to naturalize but have not become citizens.4

  • 1 U.S. Census Bureau, 2000 Census SF4, Table PCT44; 2006–2010 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates, Table B05003.
    2 University of Southern California, Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration. 2011. Note: One is generally eligible to naturalize after holding LPR status for five years.
    Additional criteria, such as “good moral character,” knowledge of civics, and basic English, must also be met. Data include the top 13 Asian countries of origin only.
    3 Ibid.
    4 Ibid.