Although Texas still leads the nation in resettlements. Last year 1,692 refugees came to the Lone Star State, according to the National Immigration Forum. That’s a 77 percent drop from 2015 when 7,479 refugees were settled, according to Refugee Council USA.
By Aminata Sy
Immigrants are a force in Philadelphia, but their educational needs are neglected. As of 2016, Philadelphia’s immigrant population had increased by 69 percent since 2000, accounting for more than 232,000 residents.
by 69 percent since 2000, accounting for more than 232,000 residents.
An estimated 1 in 4 children in the city immigrated themselves or were born to immigrants, and Philadelphia’s labor force has about 1 in 5 immigrants.
Africans make up the fastest-growing segment of this immigrant population, yet belong to a marginalized group.
In the School District of Philadelphia, immigrants and native-born students of African backgrounds rarely see themselves reflected in curricula. What message does this absence of their people, their histories, their cultures send to children? “You don’t belong — Philadelphia isn’t your city, America isn’t your country.”
Students of African immigrant backgrounds endure bullying for being African, “too black,” or speaking English with an accent.
Historically in America, Africans have been viewed through a stereotypical lens of wildlife and backwardness. These perceptions persist and continue to hurt Philadelphia children.
The city of Madison, Wisconsin, is working on the idea of establishing an African Center for Community Development which will provide employment service, financial advice to make adjusting to Madison easier. The main goal of the African Center for Community Development is to build a sense of community within Madison and create a way for Africans to share and build culture. African community center is intended to increase access to language services, job training and immigration counseling.
This report by COURTNEY DEGEN in The Badger Herald gives more details Continue reading “Madison mulls center to ease integration of African immigrants”