Earlier this month, the Congressional Research Service published a short fact sheet by Jill Wilson on the countries and regions of origin for Diversity Visa (DV) recipients. While all of the data in this fact sheet has been publicly available from the Department of Homeland Security, this presentation clearly shows how the composition of DV immigrant cohorts has changed over time. Africa has maintained the largest proportion of DVs of any of the six regions since 2006, though the African share has fallen since then and has never accounted for more than half. Europeans, who are often perceived as unrelated to the DV, have been taking an increasing proportion of DVs over the last 10 years, approaching a quarter in recent years, even though their share has fallen since the program began.

Here is the main figure from the fact sheet: