Africans fastest growing immigrant group in America

So says The Economist in an article entitled: ‘Building Afromerica.’

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Refugees at the UN camp (Dadaab) in Kenya where many US-bound refugees are processed.

This is an article meant to put your mind at ease by suggesting that a large percentage of the Africans arriving in America are well-educated and live in the suburbs when they get here, thus not adding to inner-city poverty.
We don’t believe that is the case for the refugee portion of the flow (so far!).
However, if Obama gets his way, more will be in suburban towns, see here (educated, or not! impoverished, or not!).
I’m posting this because it includes a statistic I was interested to see—the percentage of legal Africans arriving as refugees and those arriving via the Diversity Visa Lottery.
If you don’t know about the so-called ‘Green Card Lottery’ you need to learn about it!
The Economist:

Relatively few Africans are illegal immigrants (those who are have almost all overstayed their visas). Instead, they have particularly benefited from the Refugee Act of 1980, which brought more refugees to America, and the Immigration Act of 1990, which created special diversity visas, issued by lottery, for people from under-represented countries. According to analysis by the Pew Research Centre, 28% of legal African immigrants who arrived between 2000 and 2013 came as refugees; 19% of them arrived on diversity visas. For all legal immigrants, the equivalent figures were 13% and 4%.

We learned in the first year of writing this blog that one reason the refugee resettlement program shifted to include large numbers of Africans was revealed in a 2007 report:

According to Heidi Boas in her lengthy 2007 paper entitled, “The New Face of America’s Refugees: African Refugee Resettlement to the United States:”

….several of the individuals interviewed for this paper identified the Congressional Black Caucus as one of the most influential groups advocating over the past decade for increased African refugee resettlement to the United States.

Back to The Economist…..
So what legal programs admit the other 47% of Africans? I would like to know!
Then there is this….

African migrants stand out from American-born blacks. Indeed, on most measures, they have little in common but their colour.

And, that is why there are conflicts when Somalis especially are resettled by federal contractors into African-American neighborhoods naively assuming (we can only guess) that since they are the same color they should all just love each other!  Not!

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  1. Pundits claim 40% of “11 million” illegals are visa overstays from the Middle East and Africa. [ http://www.newsmax.com/Newsfront/illegal-immigration-overstayed-visas/2013/04/08/id/498341/ ] however, if we search for earlier reports, it becomes clear that 20-40% of ALL Middle-Eastern & African visa holders, those who flood the airports every day, never leave.
    “A 2003 report by the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) found “there is no accurate list of overstays” because not all departure forms are collected and not all can be matched to arrival forms.4 In 2001, according to the GAO, 20% of I-94 arrival records had no matching departure record. Mexicans and Canadians entering the country with Border Crossing Cards are not required to complete an I-94 unless they are requesting an extended stay. In effect, the government has a pretty good idea of how many people come into the country if they fill out one of the forms, but it does not have a full count of how many leave.” [ http://tinyurl.com/nj2xyx3 ]
    The twenty year old canard of “12 million illegals” is absolute rubbish. Are we to believe that Bush secured the borders? There have been no visa overstays since the year 2000? The illegals already here have not pro-created?
    I have worked for multimillion dollar companies that were 99% staffed by illegals….and none of them intended to leave, indeed, they were all waiting for the Amnesty that Bush or Obama had promised.

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