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African Immigration to the United States of America

African And African-american Studies 3120 - Spring 2020

The United States of America has historically been known as a "nation of immigrants," however current rhetoric brought this notion into question. This country has consistently been a magnet for millions of people all over the world, and this course seeks broadly to understand recent African immigration. In Black studies, most attention has been paid to the forced migration of the enslaved during the Atlantic Slave trade. Studying 20th and 21st African immigration is key to truly understand the Black experience in America. Based on data from the US Census Bureau, 2.1 million Africans live in America as of 2015. The majority of these migrants are from Sub-Saharan Anglophone Africa (Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, South Africa), but also war-torn countries such as Ethiopia, Eritrea, and Somalia. The primary focus of this class will be on contemporary African labor immigrants including skilled professionals, children arrived in the United States for family reunification, refugees, and winners of the Diversity Visa Lottery, now permanent residents. The migratory flux also includes people who were forced to leave their birth countries for political reasons as well as genocide. Through the class, we will examine the "push and pull" factors of immigration. The second part of the class explores the lived experience of Africans in America. Whether they are well educated compared to other migrant communities or whether they are laborers. We will study the role of remittances, language barriers, paths to naturalization, and job opportunities once Africans are on the American soil. Increasingly, repatriation (both voluntarily and forced), xenophobia and islamophobia are challenges that rock African immigrant communities. Nowadays more Africans live between two countries, Africa and America. This transnationalism allows them to navigate different lives, stories, identities, and cultures. Several activities are organized in the African local community. There is a large group of Ghanaia

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