Kenya, Africa is sending the U.S. its best and brightest people, statistics show 

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There has been a public outcry after Donald Trump’s racists comments that African and Haiti are shithole countries and that the U.S should avoid taking any immigrants from them.

Trump preferred immigrants from Norway, the happiest country in the world.

According to a recent study done by Bloomberg, however, America is heavily benefiting from immigration from Africa. Africans who have landed in the U.S have superior education which almost tops the natives.

The search showed that adults over 25 years old in the U.S but born in Africa (41.7%) have a bachelor’s degree or more, according to 2009 data while the native-born population has a bachelor’s degree or more at the much lower rate of only 28.1 percent.

About one-third of immigrants lacked high school degrees. However, only 11.7 percent of African-born migrants don’t have a high school degree. Shockingly, native-born Americans are at 11.4 percent.

It’s true we have seen a huge number of Kenyans fly to the U.S for greener pastures. Some go there through scholarships and never comeback. Others are just talented, get poached and then nurtured into successful C.E.Os.

All in all, brain drain is something African countries have experienced since colonization days.

Nigerians lead the number of immigrants in the U.S and their education is also among the highest in the U.S topping even the Asians, with 17 percent of Nigerian migrants having a master’s degree.

It’s also not a secret that immigrants participate in labor force and are much less likely to commit violent crimes than individuals born in the U.S.

Economist Edward Lazear said that if you take three immigrants, one from Algeria, another from Israel and Japan, then rank them in order of most educated to least educated, Africa tops the rest.

“Consider immigrants to the U.S. from Algeria, Israel and Japan, and rank them in order of most educated to least educated,” wrote Therese Raphael in the article.

 “The correct answer is Algeria, Israel then Japan. Although that’s counter intuitive at first glance, it’s easy enough to see how it works. If you are Algerian and educated, or aspire to be educated, your prospects in Algeria are relatively poor and you may seek to leave. A talented, educated person in Japan or Israel can do just fine by staying at home. These kinds of considerations explain about 73 percent of the variation in the educational outcomes of migrants.”

 

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