African Immigrants Give a Huge Boost to the American Economy

1/2018 This research brief – part of a series from New
American Economy (NAE) on the earning and
spending power of immigrants – examines
a small, yet growing segment of the US immigrant
population: The roughly 1.7 million African immigrants
from across the continent, although 5 countries – Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, Ethiopia, and South Africa – account for over half of the Sub-Saharan Africans living in the US in 2015. Key Findings: African immigrants contribute billions to the US economy and boast higher levels of education than the overall U.S. population, with a particular focus on Science, Technology,
Engineering, and Math.