( Fatoumata Sangary (R) sits with her mother Janet Dweh at a naturalization ceremony in downtown Manhattan on July 2, 2013 in New York City. Dweh was sworn in as an American citizen and Sangary already was one. )
According to a new report by Pew Research Center, approximately 3.8 million foreign-born black people now live in the United States, the highest number in history. The immigrants, who mostly hail from Africa and the Caribbean accounted for 8.7 percent of the black population in 2013, and the study estimates that by 2060, approximately 16.5 percent of the black population in the United States will be born in another country.
The study showed that the vast majority of foreign-born black people come from Jamaica or Haiti, with immigrants from Nigeria accounting for the next largest group.
We talked about the impact of black immigration on the black population in the United States, in an essay, last year. While black immigrants face similar oppressions to African-Americans, in terms of overt discrimination such as police brutality, each immigrant group has specific barriers to overcome in their quest for the American dream.