United African Organization

Africans in Illinois

This study reports the current demographic characteristics of African immigrants in Illinois and in the process illuminates their needs and challenges.

Specifically, the narrative unearths the demographic characteristics of immigrants and refugees, forms of migration and resettlement in the United States, community organization and assimilation patterns among African immigrants and refugees, citizenship and civic participation, ties with country of origin, challenges encountered by African students in universities and colleges, entrepreneurship and business development, overcoming ethnic and national division with an African consciousness and shared vision for community empowerment, as well as attitudes toward Africa and the work of the UAO to organize African immigrants and refugees in Illinois.

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