Foreign-Born Blacks Score Higher on Literacy Tests Than Foreign-Born Residents of All Races

About 14 percent of the total U.S. adult population is foreign born. Hispanics account for 52 percent of the adult foreign-born population. Blacks from Africa, the Caribbean, and Latin America make up nearly 9 percent of foreign-born adults.

New statistics released by the U.S. Department of Education show that foreign-born blacks actually score higher on literacy tests than the foreign-born population of all races. It must be noted that many foreign-born blacks are from nations such as the Bahamas, Jamaica, or Kenya where English is widely spoken.