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Running Head: AFRICAN IMMIGRANT COMMUNITIES
African Immigrant Communities: Case Study
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AFRICAN IMMIGRANT COMMUNITIES
An immigrant can be defined as an individual who migrates to another country, with the
intention of taking up permanent residence. Immigrants from Africa have been identified as a
rapidly growing group in the United States. According to the American Immigration Council
(2012), the African foreign-born population had a double rise in size between 2000 and 2010.
These high rates of immigration by Africans have been as a result of severe economic
difficulties, high poverty levels, and political instabilities that have ailed many African countries
for a period of about two decades. Europe and the United States have been the most likable
destinations by the immigrants. An overwhelming percentage of immigrants are interested in
becoming permanent residents of the United States when compared to their mates in the 1960s
and 70s, who went to the US with the sole intention of acquiring an American education, after
which they would return to their home countries to participate in nation building. Contemporary
immigrants tend to be attracted to the major cities in the US, with those cities recording high
populations of the same. As of 2010, the cities that were mostly targeted by the immigrants,
together with their population, include; New York (158,878), California (158,953), Virginia
(89,290), Texas (136,112), and Maryland (125,470). The American Immigration Council further
states that, between 2000 and 2010, the African foreign-born population rose in size by 35.9% in
New York, 40.3% in California, 110% in Virginia, 111.1% in Texas, with Maryland recording a
100.1% increase. It has also been established that most of these African immigrants originate
from the Western and Eastern parts of Africa with the respective statistics of 573,791 and
475,832 as of 2010.
Motivations for African migration to the United States
When Africans started gaining independence from their colonies, the British being one of
them, they developed much hope and confidence in the self-rule and fr...