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African Immigrants Are More Educated Than Americans Born In The U.S.

Studies have shown that African immigrants are more educated than Americans born in the United States.

Studies have shown that African immigrants are more educated than Americans born in the United States.

“It’s a population that’s very diverse in its educational, economic and English proficiency profile,” said Jeanne Batalova, a senior policy analyst at the Migration Policy Institute think tank in Washington and coauthor of a report last year on sub-Saharan African immigrants in the U.S. “People came for a variety of reasons and at various times.”

African immigrants have a higher percentage of college-degree holders than Americans born in the U.S.

Batalova’s research found that of the 1.4 million who are 25 and older, 41% have a bachelor’s degree, compared with 30% of all immigrants and 32% of the U.S.-born population. Of the 19,000 U.S. immigrants from Norway — a country Trump reportedly told lawmakers is a good source of immigrants — 38% have college educations.

In addition, African immigrants are studying in-demand specialities like math and science, subjects that Americans born in the U.S. tend to shy away from. On a percentage basis, African immigrants also have a higher rate of education attainment in terms of graduate education.

The New American Economy study found that 1 in 3 of these undergraduate degrees were focused on science, technology, engineering and math — “training heavily in demand by today’s employers.” That report also found that African immigrants were significantly more likely to have graduate degrees. A total of 16% had a master’s degree, medical degree, law degree or a doctorate, compared with 11% of the U.S.-born population, Lim said.

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