NYT Report Finds that More Africans Immigrated to the U.S. in the 2000’s than Came By Slaveship

Nigerian immigrant Benjamin Njoku stands for a portrait before being naturalized as an American Citizen on March 22, 2013 in New York City. He works as a registered nurse and lives in the Bronx borough of New York City.  JOHN MOORE/GETTY IMAGES
Nigerian immigrant Benjamin Njoku stands for a portrait before being naturalized as an American Citizen on March 22, 2013 in New York City. He works as a registered nurse and lives in the Bronx borough of New York City.
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Fleeing instability, African-born blacks are planting their flags in cities across the nation at increasing rates.It’s sort of a weird benchmark to use to illustrate just how many sub-Saharan black Africans have immigrated to the United States over the past several years, but it’s impactful: According to a New York Times report, more black Africans have moved to the US between 2000 and 2010 than were brought to this continent by slave ship during the three-centuries-long Atlantic Slave Trade.

“Between 2000 and 2010, the number of legal black African immigrants in the United States about doubled, to around one million,” the Times reports.

“During that single decade, according to the most reliable estimates, more black Africans arrived in this country on their own than were imported directly to North America during the more than three centuries of the slave trade.”

And while African immigrants are certainly not a new phenomenon in our nation’s cities, how quickly their populations are growing means that “the demographic landscape across the country” is shifting in many major cities.

There’s the Ghanaian enclave in the West Bronx, the Nigerian sects in Houston and Chicago, the Ethiopian community in Washington, D.C.—African immigrants come to the US and move to neighborhoods that are already filled with former emigrants from their native countries. They’re also more likely to settle in cities scattered across the country than Caribbean-born blacks.

The report explains how they’re usually cherry-picked by American embassies, who screen for certain qualifications so that the immigrants can hit the ground running when they get here and put their student and work visas to use.

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Source: The Root |