National Institute on Aging

African Immigrants Give a Huge Boost to the American Economy

A new report from the Partnership for a New American Economy Research Fund details the significant economic contributions to the United States economy made by immigrants from sub-Saharan African nations.

The report finds that between 2010 and 2015, the number of African immigrants living in the United States more than doubled reaching a total of 1.7 million people. Some 40 percent of African immigrants are college educated. This is a higher percentage than the White adult population of the United States. Furthermore more a third of African immigrants with a college education have a degree in a STEM field. For the college-educated population as a whole, the figure is 25 percent,

The reports notes that African immigrants to the United States earned more than $55 billion and paid more than $10 billion in federal taxes. Almost 30 percent of Africans immigrants in the workforce were employed in industries related to healthcare, filling a pressing need in an area with large numbers of job openings.

The full report, Power of the Purse: How Sub-Saharan Africans Contribute to the U.S. Economy, may be downloaded by clicking here.

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  1. Audrey Battiste says:

    Someone needs to make the bigot in the white house aware of this.

  2. Bernadine Ahonkhai says:

    Yes, I agree with Audrey Battiste that this report should be presented to our current ignorant administration.
    I am also currently researching and working on a book about the incredible contributions of foreign-born Africans to the US history and culture starting from when Africans were forcefully brought onto these shores.

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