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  • NigeriaWorldToday [Home] > Newspapers/Dailies > Nigerian top the list of African Immigrants in U.S.

    Nigerian top the list of African Immigrants in U.S.


    Number of citizens living in the US
    Number of citizens living in the US
    Data Source: Pew Research Center

    According to US Census Bureau, there are over 2 million African immigrants in the United State making only 4.8% of total US immigrants. And their population has been doubling every 10 years.

    Of major immigrant groups getting into United State of America, Africans increased the fastest by 41% between 2000 and 2013. Black African immigrants also increased several times more than other black immigrant groups from the Caribbean and Latin America.

    Much of the increase has been due to new laws like the Refugee Act of 1980, which made it easier for Africans to flee conflict-prone countries on the continent and resettle in US.

    But if Donald Trump’s government succeeds in recalling the ban on influxes from 7 Muslim-majority countries—currently barred by US courts—it will affect the number of African immigrant. Somalia and Sudan are part of the countries.

    In 2015, Somalis was among the top 10 countries that entered U.S. with refugee visa. Over 10,000 refugees from Sudan and Somalia arrived in the US in 2015. It is almost half of African refugee arrivals that year.

    The states of choice for African settlers in the United State are Massachusetts, New York, Maryland, Texas, New Jersey, California, and Virginia. Each of these American state has over 100,000 African immigrants. Nigerians top the list accounting for 16% of all Africans arriving in the US.


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