Invisible Sojourners: African Immigrant Diaspora in the United States

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Greenwood Publishing Group, 2000 - Biography & Autobiography - 200 pages

Arthur documents the role that Africa's best and brightest play in the new migration of population from less developed countries to the United States. He highlights how Africans negotiate and forge relationships among themselves and with the members of the host society. Multiple aspects of the African immigrants' social world, family patterns, labor force participation, and formation of cultural identities are also examined. He lays out the long term aspirations of the immigrants within the context of the geo-political, economic, and social conditions in Africa.

Ultimately, Arthur explains why people leave Africa, what they encounter, their interactions with the host society, and their attitudes about American social institutions. He also provides information about the social changes and policies that African countries need to adopt to stem the tide, or even reverse, the African brain drain. A detailed analysis for scholars, students, and other researchers involved with African and immigration studies and contemporary American society.


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Introduction African Immigrants in the New Global Migration
Causes of African Migration to the United States and the Dynamics of the PostArrival Adjustment Process
Portrait of the African Immigrants in the United States
From the Horn of Africa to the Northern Plains of Minnesota The Case of the African Refugees
African Immigrant Social Networks Race Relations and Social Integration
Family Household Structure Educational Attainment an Business Formation
The Lives of the Immigrant Women and Their Children
Pathways to Naturalization Repatriation and Future Goals
The Future of African Immigration to the United States
Figure Tables and Survey Questionnaire

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About the author (2000)

JOHN A. ARTHUR is Professor of Sociology and Criminology at the University of Minnesota, Duluth Campus. He has major interests in international migration, comparative criminology, and criminal justice systems. Professor Arthur has authored and co-authored numerous journal articles and written several book chapters.

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