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According to a new report from the Pew Center, immigrants from Jamaica and Haiti make up approximately a third of the foreign-born black population, while immigrants from Ethiopia, Nigeria and Ghana make up about 15 per cent of the population.

The report showed that 50% of the black immigrant population hail from the Caribbean, while 36 per cent come from Africa. While the remainder of the immigrants hailed from Central and South America.

This influx of immigrants have caused the black population in the US to become less homogenous, the Washington Post reported.



The report also noted that black immigrants are older and more educated than US-born blacks. Black immigrants are also noted to be married and have a higher income.

“Just because they’re new immigrants, they have different needs and patterns, probably in terms of language in many cases, in terms of assimilation. And so they probably shouldn’t be confused with native-born blacks in lots of ways, who have their own needs to be addressed,” lead demographer William Frey stated in his report.

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  • Anonin

    I’m not shocked I didn’t even know or see any non native blacks growing up until middle school (though I didn’t know that person was 2nd/3rd gen African until I found out her cousin was uzo from oitnb)

    Idk if there was any in my highschool…I’m still adjusting to that reality since im in Cali where im not sure where the black immigrants mostly live at.

    • Love.tweet.joi

      Cali is primarily Nigerian it seems. My five year old knows Igbo. How amazing is that?!

    • Anthony

      That is pretty neat.

    • Love.tweet.joi

      Funny part is, he’s been speaking the language for about a month. It wasnt until he was out of school last week for spring break, that I realized that the kid wasnt making stuff up. Lol. I really gotta pay more attention. SMH.

    • That’s great.

    • AfroCapricornette

      Love, you haven’t been to Houston, have you? I’m Nigerian and we call that the 37th state of Nigeria lol. Houston, Atlanta and the DMV area are areas that I know have gazillion Nigerians. Cool your son know Igbo…ver soon he’ll learn pidgin lol.

    • Love.tweet.joi

      Lol! I never made it to Houston, but there was a big Nigerian community in Dallas! Way more than CA. Nigerians always joke that I could blend in in Nigeria, as long as I dont speak. Lmao.

    • AfroCapricornette

      LOL…that’s true. Any Black person can blend in in Nigeria, or even Africa, so long as you don’t speak. You’ll give the game away, especially when haggling in the market or anywhere, actually. An American accent = $$$, higher prices etc! Funny but true.

    • Love.tweet.joi

      Thats exactly what they told me.

    • I didn’t know that. That’s so cool.

      I always believe that things happen for a reason and more Africans uniting more African Americans is like a family reunion. We are all family as a people and as a community.

  • Pema

    I grew up in NYC so this is old news to me.

  • More black immigrants into America is a reality. These immigrants are our Brothers and our Sisters. Regardless of our cultural differences, we are one people. We should know more about black people in the Diaspora and unify (socially, economically, and politically) more with black people internationally. I have been studying more about Afro-Brazilians, Afro-Caribbeans, Afro-French, etc.