Nigerians working in the United States have been ranked the eighth most hardworking foreigners in the country, a US Census Bureau American Community Survey 2016 reveals.
In the report published by Bloomberg, Nigerians scored 71.0% in the list of the hardest and most skilled immigrant groups in the US.
Ghana topped the chart with 75.2% while Bulgaria and Kenya were ranked second and third with 74.2% and 73.4% respectively. Other African countries in the report’s top 10 are Ethiopia (4th), Egypt (5th), and Liberia (9th).
The report shows Africans, in general, are the most productive immigrants in the US ahead of those from Mexico and Central America, who constitute more than 70% of foreign nationals in that country.
“If we want more high-skilled, hardworking, English-speaking, ready-to-integrate immigrants, it looks like the most obvious place to find them is in African countries where English is widely spoken,” Bloomberg journalist Justin Fox said.
The report also ranked Nigeria 8th among the most-educated immigrant groups in the US.
According to the report, Kenya, Nigeria, Nepal and Ghana have the highest number of citizens pursuing higher education in the US after Saudi Arabia.
Immigrants from Kenya, Nigeria and Ghana are near the top in both employment-population ratio and higher-education enrollment, the report indicates.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had previously reported that following President Donald Trump’s anti-immigrant statements and policies, some Nigerian immigrants had started looking for ways out of the United States.
Some of the migrants, from Nigeria, Haiti, and other countries, were reportedly trooping to Canada to seek greener pastures.
CBC News, a Canadian media, reported that a group of Nigerians, about 12 of them, were seen trying to cross to Canada, from America.
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