In 2015, 2.1 million African immigrants were living in the U.S., up from 881,000 in 2000 and 80,000 in 1970, according to the report “African Immigrant Population in U.S. Steadily Climbs,” which was published February 14. This latest report is an update from an earlier one published in November 2015.
Most of the immigrants are from Nigeria, followed by Ethiopia, Egypt, Ghana, Kenya, South Africa and Somalia.
Immigration from Africa can be traced to the Refugee Act, which made it easier to flee conflict-ridden countries, like Somalia.
Africa accounted for 4.8 percent of the nation’s immigrant population, according to Pew.