The United States remains a popular destination for immigrants from Africa, according to the U.S.-based Pew Research Center.
The number of African immigrants coming to the U.S. has more than doubled since 2000, Pew said in a new report.
The organization said that as of 2015, 2.1 million African-born people were living in the United States. That number is up from 880,000 in 2000. Back in 1970, there were just 80,000.
Monica Anderson is a research associate at Pew and the author of the study. She said one reason for the large increase is that many immigrants are refugees from Africa.
She noted that in 1980, only 1 percent of refugees admitted to the United States were from Africa. Today, that share is about 37 percent…MORE