Number of International Students in the United States Hits All-Time High

WASHINGTON, D.C., November 18, 2019—The number of international students in the United States set an all-time high in the 2018/19 academic year, the fourth consecutive year with more than one million international students. The total number of international students, 1,095,299, is a 0.05 percent increase over last year, according to the 2019 Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange. International students make up 5.5 percent of the total U.S. higher education population. According to data from the U.S. Department of Commerce, international students contributed $44.7 billion to the U.S. economy in 2018, an increase of 5.5 percent from the previous year.

Open Doors 2019, released today by the Institute of International Education (IIE) and the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, highlights the continued competitiveness of the U.S. higher education sector as a destination of choice for international students and the growing interest in international educational exchange among U.S. students.

“We are happy to see the continued growth in the number of international students in the United States and U.S. students studying abroad,” said Marie Royce, Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs. “Promoting international student mobility remains a top priority for the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and we want even more students in the future to see the United States as the best destination to earn their degrees. International exchange makes our colleges and universities more dynamic for all students and an education at a U.S. institution can have a transformative effect for international students, just like study abroad experiences can for U.S. students.”

For the tenth consecutive year, China remained the largest source of international students in the United States in 2018/19 with 369,548 students in undergraduate, graduate, non-degree, and optional practical training (OPT) programs, a 1.7 percent increase from 2017/18. India (202,014, +2.9 percent), South Korea (52,250, -4.2 percent), Saudi Arabia (37,080, -16.5 percent), and Canada (26,122, +0.8 percent) round out the top five. Emerging market countries showed some of the strongest growth year over year, especially Bangladesh (+10.0 percent), Brazil (+9.8 percent), Nigeria (+5.8 percent), and Pakistan (+5.6 percent).

Journée de l’Éthiopie à Washington DC

(WASHINGTON, DC) – Pour célébrer la visite du Premier ministre éthiopien Abiy Ahmed à Washington DC, le maire Bowser a proclamé le 28 juillet 2018 «Journée de l’Éthiopie à Washington DC». Le maire rejoindra samedi le Premier ministre Abiy au Walter E. Washington. Centre des congrès, où le Premier ministre s’adressera à des milliers de membres de la communauté de la diaspora éthiopienne de toute la région. Abritant plus de 30 000 immigrants éthiopiens, la région métropolitaine de Washington possède la plus grande population de personnes nées en Éthiopie aux États-Unis. Trouvez la proclamation du maire ICI.


USA – 4th Annual Young African ConneXions Summit Nelson Mandela

unnamedM2018 Marks the 100th birthday of Nelson Mandela. As part of our Youth Engagement and Multicultural Awareness Program, the Mayor’s Office on African Affairs invites you to Fourth Annual Young African ConneXions Summit, themed “Living the Legacy” commemorating the life and legacy of Nelson Mandela. The summit will feature the 2018 Mandela Washington Fellows for Young African Leaders Initiative(MWF-YALI), based at Howard University, community members in the District of Columbia, the African Diaspora Community, policy makers and civic leaders, engaged in a platform for a discussion around advocacy, volunteerism, leadership and community engagement, all inspired by the Madiba. Continue reading

African immigrants are more educated than most — including people born in U.S.

succesLots of the news from sub-Saharan Africa is about war, famine, poverty or political upheaval. So it’s understandable if many Americans think most Africans who immigrate to the United States are poorly educated and desperate.

That’s the impression that President Trump left with his comments to members of Congress opposing admission of immigrants from “shithole countries” in Africa and elsewhere.

But research tells another story.

While many are refugees, large numbers are beneficiaries of the “diversity visa program” aimed at boosting immigration from underrepresented nations. And on average, African immigrants are better educated that people born in the U.S. or the immigrant population as a whole.

“It’s a population that’s very diverse in its educational, economic and English proficiency profile,” said Jeanne Batalova, a senior policy analyst at the Migration Policy Institute think tank in Washington and coauthor of a report last year on sub-Saharan African immigrants in the U.S. “People came for a variety of reasons and at various times.”

Overall, their numbers are small compared with other immigrant groups but have risen significantly in recent years. The U.S. immigrant population from sub-Saharan Africa (49 countries with a total population of more than 1.1 billion) grew from 723,000 to more than 1.7 million between 2010 and 2015, according to a new report by New American Economy, a Washington-based research and advocacy group. Still, they make up just half a percent of the U.S. population.

Drawing from U.S. surveys and Census Bureau data, the report found that the majority come from five countries: Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, Ethiopia and South Africa.

The Pew Research Center reported that African immigrants are most likely to settle in the South or Northeast, and that the largest numbers — at least 100,000 — are found in Texas, New York, California, Maryland, New Jersey, Massachusetts and Virginia. Many African refugees have also relocated to or have been resettled in states such as Minnesota and South Dakota.

The Refugee Act of 1980 made it easier for people fleeing war zones to resettle in the U.S., and today there are tens of thousand of refugees from Somalia, Sudan and Congo. About 22% of African immigrants are refugees, according to Andrew Lim, associate director of research at New American Economy.

At the same time, the diversity visa program — also known as the visa lottery — has opened the door to immigrants from more peaceful places. Of the sub-Saharan immigrants who have become legal permanent residents, 17% came through the program, compared with 5% of the total U.S. immigrant population, according to Batalova.

Applicants to the program must have completed the equivalent of a U.S. high school education or have at least two years of recent experience in any number of occupations, including accountant, computer support specialist, orthodontist and dancer.

As a result, the influx includes many immigrants from sub-Saharan Africa who are highly skilled professionals.

Batalova’s research found that of the 1.4 million who are 25 and older, 41% have a bachelor’s degree, compared with 30% of all immigrants and 32% of the U.S.-born population. Of the 19,000 U.S. immigrants from Norway — a country Trump reportedly told lawmakers is a good source of immigrants — 38% have college educations.

The New American Economy study found that 1 in 3 of these undergraduate degrees were focused on science, technology, engineering and math — “training heavily in demand by today’s employers.”

That report also found that African immigrants were significantly more likely to have graduate degrees. A total of 16% had a master’s degree, medical degree, law degree or a doctorate, compared with 11% of the U.S.-born population, Lim said.  Learn more

Les Nuits africaines de Washington D.C.

Des soirées africaines voient le jour dans les grandes villes américaines grâce à de jeunes promoteurs culturels qui, ces dernières années, ne reculent devant rien pour apporter des moments de divertissements à la diaspora africaine. VOA Afrique nous plonge dans l’univers décalé des nuits africaines de Washington D.C.

En plein cœur de la capitale américaine, au Power night-club, des voitures de luxe, des manteaux de fourrure et des tenues de soirée sont de mise. Le concept est simple, rassembler la jeunesse dorée d’origine africaine dans un club branché de la place. Aux commandes, les meilleurs DJs de musique africaine. SUITE

8th Annual DC African Celebration

African Heritage Month Celebration | 8th Annual DC Africa Celebration

Thursday, September 28, 2017 from 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM (EDT)

Join the Mayor’s Office on African Affairs and the Commission on African Affairs for the 8th Annual DC Africa Celebration to commemorate African Heritage Month in the District.

As part of MOAA’s Multicultural Awareness program, the 8th Annual DC Africa Celebration is organized to bring together diverse African communities and the wider District community through traditional African music, dance and performances.

African Heritage Month has grown to become one of the most anticipated cultural events drawing thousands of diverse attendees. This event presents itself as a testament of the unprecedented growth of African communities in the District while showcasing the burgeoning contributions these communities make to the cultural, social and economic fabric of the nation’s capital.

For additional information, please contact the Mayor’s Office on African Affairs (202) 727-5634



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