Some interesting statistics on the level of education of African/Cameroonian immigrants in the United States:
- Most current data suggest that between 43.8 and 48.9 percent of all African immigrants in the United States hold a college diploma (Charles, 2007; U.S. Census, 2000).
- This is slightly more than the percentage of Asian immigrants to the U.S., nearly “double” the rate of native-born white Americans, and nearly four times the rate of native-born African Americans (Williams, 2005; The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education, 1999-2000).
- Black immigrants from Africa have also been shown to have rates of college graduation that are “more” than double that of the U.S.-born population, in general (Williams, 2005). For example, in 1997, 19.4 percent of all adult African immigrants in the United States held a “graduate degree”, compared to 8.1 percent of adult whites (a difference of “more than” double) and 3.8 percent of adult blacks in the United States, respectively (The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education, 1999-2000).
- This shows that America has an equally large achievement gap between white Americans and African born immigrants as between native born white and black Americans.
Source: African Immigrants exceed in ED
- Of the African-born population in the United States age 25 and older, 86.4% reported having a high school diploma or higher, compared with 78. 9% of Asian-born immigrants, and 76.5% of European-born immigrants, respectively. These figures contrast with 61.8% percent of the total foreign-born population.
- Immigrant groups in general tend to have higher high school graduation rates than the native-born general American population which averages about 70%.
% of foreign-born population over 25 years old with bachelor's degree or higher in the U.S.
South Africa 5.8
Democratic Republic of Congo 41.8
Sierra Leone 31.3
Source: 2006 American Community Survey