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African Immigrants Lead With The Highest Academic Achievements In The US

Africans have the highest educational attainment rates of anyimmigrant group in the United States with higher levels of completion than the stereotyped Asian American modelminority. It is not only the first generation that does well, as estimates indicate that a highly disproportionate percentage of black students at elite universities are African or the children of African immigrants.

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In an analysis of Census Bureau data by the Journal of Blacks in higher education, African immigrants to the United States were found more likely to be college educated than any other immigrant group. African immigrants to the U.S. are also more highly educated than any other native-born ethnic group including white Americans. Some 48.9 percent of all African immigrants hold a college diploma. This is slightly more than the percentage of Asian immigrants to the U.S., nearly double the rate of native-born white Americans, and nearly four times the rate of native-born African Americans.

In 1997, 19.4 percent of all adult African immigrants in the United States held a graduate degree, compared to 8.1 percent of adult whites and 3.8 percent of adult blacks in the United States, respectively. This information suggests that America has an equally large achievement gap between whites and African/Asian immigrants as it does between white and black Americans.

Of the African-born population in the United States age 25 and older, 86.4% reported having a high school degree or higher, compared with 78. 9% of Asian born immigrants and 76.5% of European born immigrants, respectively. These figures contrast with 61.8% percent of the total foreign-born population.


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  1. All I can say is that I am truly amazed! I never knew about these high statistics and I am very proud to see that black immigrants have the highest percentage in obtaining a high school diploma and college degree. I really enjoyed reading this article because I learned something new that I would never have know before. Its pleasant to know that a group is so interested in furthering their education, helping develop themselves, and their country.

  2. I guess thats a such great achievement from African immigrants. As how it stated in the article, that it wasnt the first time that black students achieved a highest educational attainment rate which means that black students are improving and developing thier skills. I guess that is not the first or last achievement because they will prove to the world and everyone that they are intelligents in everything not only educations.

  3. These are not surprising statistics as we think about the disparity in education for Americans in general. There tends to be a growing divide in education between public and private schools, and that divide is even greater for children of color. Many Africans that have the chance to continue their education past secondary school tend to do so. Or they tend to come to the United States or England to pursue undergraduate or graduate degrees. Many of them, even those from stable socioeconomic backgrounds, fight tooth and nail to ensure they receive their education. They place more importance and emphasis on education than do Americans.

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