Africans Making New Lives in America

Wanjiru Kamau

Wanjiru Kamau, founder and executive director of The African Immigrant and Refugee Foundation Courtesy Wanjiru Kamau hide caption

itoggle caption Courtesy Wanjiru Kamau

The number of African immigrants in the U.S. has more than tripled over the past decade, according to the Census Bureau. The influx is diverse, from scholars to illiterate refugees. More than 40 percent have college degrees, which is higher than the U.S. average.

Compared to African Americans, educated Africans are getting the higher paying jobs. As such, many new immigrants don't feel welcomed by black Americans.

Farai Chideya talks with Kenyan Wanjiru Kamau, founder and executive director of The African Immigrant and Refugee Foundation, and Ethiopian Tesfa Gemeda about assimilating to life in the U.S.

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