Nigeria ranks 3rd on the list of top birthplaces of black immigrants in the United States


Nigeria currently ranks third on the list of top birthplaces of black immigrants living in the United States, with around 390,000 people in 2019. This is according to a report on black immigrants in the United States by Pew Research Center .

The report reveals that the number of Nigerian immigrants living in the United States has tripled in just under 20 years. Notably, black immigrants of Nigerian descent living in the United States have increased from 130,000 registered in 2000 to 390,000 in 2019.

According to the report, Africa has accounted for the fastest growing Black American immigrant population, but the Caribbean remains the largest region of origin. Together, these two regions accounted for 88% of all foreign-born black people in the United States in 2019.

Between 2000 and 2019, the black African immigrant population grew by 246%, from around 600,000 to 2 million. As a result, people of African descent now make up 42% of the country’s black foreign-born population, up from just 23% in 2000.

Meanwhile, New York City has the largest black immigrant population of any metropolitan area in the United States, at around 1.1 million in 2019. Metro Miami follows with around 490,000, while Washington, DC is home to approximately 260,000 black immigrants.

A quick review of the report shows that the Dominican Republic and Nigeria were the top two sources of family-sponsored entry into the United States in fiscal year 2019.

Nigerians continue to migrate abroad

Nigerians continue to be numerous abroad, with the United States and Canada topping the list of destinations. This is not surprising given the level of social and infrastructural problems plaguing the Nigerian economy. This resulted in a major human and intellectual drain from the most populous black nation.

Recall that Nairametrics reported earlier this month that over 18,000 Nigerians were granted permanent residency in Canada between 2018 and 2020, which is the third highest on the list of countries that received invitations.

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