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Nigerians Most Educated in the U.S.


Analysis of U.S. Census data and other surveys show Nigerian immigrants and their descendants score highest when it comes to earning degrees.




Nigerian Americans have long been known for their community’s intense cultural emphasis on education, and now an analysis of Census data coupled with several local surveys shows that Nigerians don't just value education, but surpass all other U.S. ethnic groups when it comes to obtaining degrees.
 "Being Black, you are already at a disadvantage," Oluyinka Olutoye, an associate professor of pediatric surgery at Baylor College of Medicine, told the Houston Chronicle. "You really need to excel far above if you want to be considered for anything in this country."
According to 2006 census data, 37 percent of Nigerians in the U.S. had bachelor's degrees, 17 percent held master's degrees and 4 percent had doctorates. In contrast, the same census data showed only 19 percent of white Americans had bachelor’s degrees, 8 percent held master’s degrees and only 1 percent held doctorates, the paper reports.
 The census data was bolstered by an independent analysis of 13 annual Houston-area surveys conducted by Rice University and commissioned by the Chronicle.
 "These are higher levels of educational attainment than were found in any other...community," Stephen Klineberg, a sociologist at Rice University who conducts the annual Houston Area Survey, told the paper.
 However, despite the strides in education made by many African immigrants, including Nigerian-Americans, discrimination still colors their prospects for employment. A study of 2010 employment data by the Economic Policy Institute showed that, across nationalities and ethnic groups, Black immigrants carried the highest unemployment rate of all foreign-born workers.
 In addition to cultural expectations about obtaining higher education, the paper reports that many African immigrants are more likely to pursue higher education as a means of maintaining their immigrant status in the U.S.
 "In a way, it's a Catch-22 — because of immigration laws you are forced to remain in school, but then the funny thing is you end up getting your doctorate at the age of 29," Amadu Jacky Kaba, an associate professor at Seton Hall University in South Orange, NJ, told the paper. "If you stay in school, immigration will leave you alone."

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Pretty impressive, won't you say? Until you hear that the fear of immigration is a contributory factor. Because we all know that for Nigerians in the US, the fear of immigration is the beginning of wisdom. 

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  1. All I see is: If you stay in school,immigration will leave you alone.

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    1. Abi ooo. It explains a lot. Because they don't suspect other foreigners the way they suspect Nigerians in America. Even Ghanians have it better than Nigerians. If you're South African then you might as well be American, immigration/customs don't bother those ones at all.

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    2. Which doesn't mean a thing cos ur black and to them black is black heck even the African Americans discriminate against black immigrants

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  2. Lol @ immigration leaving you alone. Didnt know that part. The truth is Nigerians only see academics as the way forward. We are rarely inventors as such. And from a statistical standpoint you cannot compare Nigerians to white Americans- significant cultural differences and those whites may be - irish, german italian etc. Compare like with like.

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  3. PS: to be considered Nigerian American you must be legally documented - so staying in school to make immigration leave you alone? That means you are truly an immigrant. They should stop misleading folks abeg. All the people i know that have citizenship or green card go on to work, not accumulate phds at 29. Nigerian Americans are part of the system, not those trying to stay in it by attending school in perpetuity.

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  4. Pretty impressive thou some are in school for the wrong reason if its the fear of immigration that's making them school

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  5. Thumbs up for Nigeria/Nigerians. Let's hope that some years down the line, this acquired education would be turned into the much needed development in the country.

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  6. This is really impressive....Good one..

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  7. Sometimes it can be hard for the students to purchase essays online. However, it is good to know that even the students that have come to the US to educate will take so much from their experience in this country. I am glad that the Nigerians now have the chance to appreciate the benefits of learning, I hope that have gotten more confident about their chances to get a good job training and now they have the possibility to find a great college and build their own career path.

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