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Title:African female immigration to the United States and its policy implications
Authors:Thomas, Kevin J.A.
Logan, Ikubolajeh
Periodical:Canadian Journal of African Studies (ISSN 0008-3968)
Geographic terms:Africa
United States
Subjects:women migrants
professional workers
External link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/00083968.2012.659582
Abstract:This study examines the dynamics of female African immigration and settlement in the United States and discusses the research and policy implications for these processes. It highlights a significant surge in female immigration from African compared to non-African countries in recent years. This surge is driven by female immigration from Africa's most populous countries, from countries affected by civil conflicts, and from English-speaking countries in the region. African women are also more likely to arrive as unmarried singles than other female immigrants. In addition, they have the highest prevalence of bachelor's, master's, and doctorate degrees among women in the US. African females are also about twice more likely to be enrolled in US educational institutions compared to other women. Those in the labour force are more likely to work as nursing professionals than in technical occupational groups such as engineering and computing. The study concludes by discussing the research and policy implications of these findings for countries in the developing world. Bibliogr., notes, sum. in English and French. [Journal abstract]