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Title:The socio-demographic characteristics of recent Liberian immigrants to the United States: an update
Editor:Covington-Ward, YolandaISNI
Year:2011
Periodical:Liberian Studies Journal (ISSN 0024-1989)
Volume:36
Issue:1
Pages:25-52
Language:English
Geographic terms:Liberia
United States
Subjects:diasporas
Liberians
immigrants
demography
communities
Abstract:In this article, the authors explore the socio-demographic characteristics of Liberians who migrated to the United States within the past few decades. Using aggregate data from the Public Use Microdata Sample of the American Community Survey over three years (2008-2010), along with information from the Yearbook of Immigration Statistics and the Office of Refugee Resettlement, the authors analyse various trends and general characteristics such as age, gender, occupation, settlement patterns, educational attainment, and marital status. This paper fills a gap in the literature on African immigrants to the US as very little has been written specifically about the Liberian diaspora. As a result of a mass exodus from their home country during over a decade of civil conflict, the US is now home to thousands of Liberian immigrants. Thus, it is important to understand the characteristics of this growing population for both policy purposes and for analysing the diversity of African immigrant communities in the United States. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]
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