The Migration Policy Institute (MPI) is an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit think tank in Washington, D.C., dedicated to analysis of the movement of people worldwide. Founded in 2001 by Demetrios G. Papademetriou and Kathleen Newland, MPI grew out of the International Migration Policy Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.
The MPI recently issued a new report showing differences in the educational attainment of the parents in African- and Caribbean-immigrant families compared to the education of parents in native-born African American families. A third of all fathers of Black immigrant families in the United States have a four-year college degree compared to 18 percent of families in which the father is a native-born African American. Some 26 percent of Black immigrant families have a mother who is college-educated compared to 15 percent of African American families.
If we break down the figures further by region of origin, we find that 45 percent of fathers of immigrant families from Africa have a college degree. Whereas 26 percent of mothers in African immigrant families are college educated. For Caribbean families, about 23 percent of both fathers and mothers have earned a bachelor’s degree or higher.
Black immigrant families from Nigeria are the most likely to be college educated. Some 73 percent of fathers and 53 percent of mothers in Nigeria immigrant families have completed college. For Black immigrant families from Jamaica, 29 percent of fathers and 24 percent of the mothers are college educated, rates far higher than is the case for African American families.
At the low end of the spectrum, just 14 percent of fathers and 5 percent of the mothers in Somali immigrant families are college educated.
The report, Changing Demography and Circumstances for Young Black Children in African and Caribbean Immigrant Families, can be downloaded by clicking here.