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Insight & Analysis - January 31, 2022

Nigeria Tops List of Birthplaces for Black Immigrants in the US

Nigeria and Dominican Republic stand as two leading sources of family sponsored immigration to the United States in the fiscal year of 2019.

With a population of 390,000 as of 2019, Nigeria currently ranks third on the list of leading birthplaces for black immigrants living in the United States. 

According to Pew Research, the number of Nigerian immigrants in the United States has tripled in less than 20 years. The number of black Nigerian immigrants in the United States increased from 130,000 in 2000 to 390,000 in 2019.

Africa has seen the fastest expansion in the number of black immigrants in the United States, although the Caribbean continues to be the largest source region. As of 2019, these two regions were home to 88 percent of all foreign-born Black people in the United States.

Between 2000 and 2019, the number of Black African immigrants in the United States increased by 246 per cent, from 600,000 to 2 million. As a result, African born individuals currently account for 42% of the country’s foreign-born black population, up from 23 percent in 2000.

Meanwhile, New York City, with about 1.1 million black immigrants as of 2019, has the most significant black immigrant population of any metropolitan area in the United States. With around 490,000 black immigrants, the Miami metro region comes in second, followed by Washington, D.C., with approximately 260,000.

According to the report, the Dominican Republic and Nigeria were the two leading sources of family-sponsored immigration to the United States in the fiscal year 2019.

Nigerians’ unrelenting quest for greener pastures abroad

Nigerians continue to migrate abroad in large numbers, with the United States and Canada topping the list of destinations. Given the magnitude of social and infrastructure problems plaguing Nigeria’s economy, this is unsurprising. This has resulted in a major exodus of people and ideas from the world’s most populous black country.

Over 18,000 Nigerians were granted permanent residency in Canada between 2018 and 2020, making Nigeria the third-highest country on the list of nations that received invites.

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