Saturday, April 11, 2015
A Rising Share of the U.S. Black Population Is Foreign Born -- 9 Percent Are Immigrants; and While Most Are from the Caribbean, Africans Drive Recent Growth
A new report of the Pew Research Center finds that A record 3.8 million black immigrants live in the United States today, more than four times the number in 1980. Black immigrants now account for 8.7% of the nation’s black population, nearly triple their share in 1980.
Rapid growth in the black immigrant population is expected to continue. The Census Bureau projects that by 2060, 16.5% of U.S. blacks will be immigrants.1 In certain metropolitan areas, foreign-born blacks make up a significant share of the overall black population.
The finding of the report contrasts with the fact that the percentage of Hispanics who are immigrants is declining. For a NY Times report on this study, click here.