African Immigrants Are More Educated Than Most – including People Born in U.S. 

Lots of the news from sub-Saharan Africa is about war, famine, poverty or political upheaval.

So it’s understandable if many Americans think most Africans who immigrate to the United States are poorly educated and desperate.

[…] While many are refugees, large numbers are beneficiaries of the “diversity visa program” aimed at boosting immigration from underrepresented nations.

And on average, African immigrants are better educated than people born in the U.S. or the immigrant population as a whole. “It’s a population that’s very diverse in its educational, economic and English proficiency profile,” said Jeanne Batalova, a senior policy analyst at the Migration Policy Institute think tank in Washington and coauthor of a report last year on sub-Saharan African immigrants in the U.S.

“People came for a variety of reasons and at various times.”

Overall, their numbers are small compared with other immigrant groups but have risen significantly in recent years.

Los Angeles Times