Skip to Content

Nigerians performing a ritual dance. Photo: Pixabay

Fastest growing languages in US are African

Newly released data from the US Census Bureau shows that African languages are among the top ten fastest growing languages spoken at home in the United States.

Published: October 10, 2019, 10:02 am

    Three groups of African languages appear on the list: Swahili and other Central/Eastern/Southern African languages; Yoruba, Twi, Igbo, and other Western African languages; and Amharic/Somali.

    The spread of African languages is the result of recent immigration trends to the US. Although African immigrants are currently only a small share of the nation’s immigrant population, their overall numbers have doubled every decade since 1970, according to the Pew Research Center.

    Africans are 39 percent of the total foreign-born black population, up from 24 percent in 2000.

    This trend is expected to continue. In terms of the population of speakers, the number of Latino migrants living in the US surpass sub-Saharan African immigrants and, consequently, Spanish is still the number one fastest-growing non-English language.

    The share of Americans who speak English at home fell from 78,4 percent in 2016 to 78,1 percent in 2018, according to recently released data from the US Census.

    African languages, however, are among the fastest-growing languages with regards to the speed of growth, due to the continued flow of Africans to North America.

    The desire to migrate is highest in West and Central Africa. Nigeria, Ghana, South Africa, Tanzania, Senegal and Kenya are among the principal countries of origin for sub-Saharan African migrants to Europe and the United States.

    Seventy five percent of the African immigrants to the US essentially come from 12 of the 55 countries, based on the 2000 census data. Africa is experiencing a demographic bulge particularly of inhabitants aged between 18 and 25 and North America is a top destination for the 22 percent who want to leave the continent.

    Africans typically congregate in urban areas and are one of the least likeliest racial groups to live in racially segregated areas. African communities contribute millions to the economies of Africa through remittances. Ogbuagu (2013) found that Diasporic Nigerians across the globe reportedly remitted $21 billion to the homeland in 2012 alone.

    The US Diversity Visa Program, or green card lottery, is a program created by the Immigration Act of 1990. It allows people born in countries with previously low rates of immigration to the United States to obtain a lawful permanent resident status.

    Each year, 50 000 of those visas are distributed at random. Almost 38 percent of those visas were attributed to African born immigrants in 2016, the US Homeland Department noted.

    African born persons also represent the most numerous group among the applicants since 2013, accordring to the Washington Post.

    The application is free of charge, and the requirements in terms of education are either a high school diploma or two years of a professional experience requiring at least two years of training.

    But President Trump has declared his desire to end this programmme which would drastically change the migration patterns of African born to the United States.

    Consider donating to support our work

    Help us to produce more articles like this. FreeWestMedia is depending on donations from our readers to keep going. With your help, we expose the mainstream fake news agenda.

    Keep ​your language polite​. Readers from many different countries visit and contribute to Free West Media and we must therefore obey the rules in​,​ for example​, ​Germany. Illegal content will be deleted.

    If you have been approved to post comments without preview from FWM, you are responsible for violation​s​ of​ any​ law. This means that FWM may be forced to cooperate with authorities in a possible crime investigation.

    If your comments are subject to preview ​by FWM, please be patient. We continually review comments but depending on the time of day it can take up to several hours before your comment is reviewed.

    We reserve the right to del​ete​ comments that are offensive, contain slander or foul language, or are irrelevant to the discussion.

    Americas

    Why did Trump ban TikTok?

    WashingtonPresident Donald Trump issued executive orders this week banning US transactions with Chinese tech firms ByteDance and Tencent. While Tencent owns Chinese messaging app WeChat, ByteDance is the Beijing-based parent company of the extremely popular short-video sharing app TikTok.

    Media narrative on death of George Floyd implodes after body-cam leak

    LondonFootage of George Floyd's arrest leaked to a British tabloid has had more than 2 million views on YouTube in only one day - with most of the comments denouncing the media lies about alleged police violence against a black man.

    Portland race rioters burn Bibles and US flag

    PortlandRacial activists burned the Bible and the American flag outside the Portland courthouse, where riots have not abated since the death of George Floyd.

    Associated Press Stylebook: lowercase ‘whites’ and uppercase ‘Blacks’

    New YorkThe Associated Press Stylebook, an influential directive on English usage in the industry, announced on June 19 that it would use the spelling of Black with an uppercase. On Monday the news agency announced that it would capitalize the word "Black" but not "white".

    Crime spikes by more than 500 percent in Seattle’s Marxist utopia

    SeattleFollowing weeks of violence and anarchy, CHOP (formerly CHAZ) was finally dismantled by Seattle police, but only after BLM activists threatened to occupy Mayor Durkan's luxury home. The CHOP area of downtown Seattle registered a 525 percent spike in crime before the barricades came down.

    Shocking video: BLM protester shoots elderly white driver

    Provo, UtahOn Tuesday, a BLM protester shot an elderly white driver with a handgun. Initial system media reports referred to the shooting of the driver as "possible" gun fire in Provo, Utah.

    Young people contribute to highest single day Corona spike in US

    In the wake of the Black Lives Matter protests, a record number of new Coronavirus cases have been registered in the United States in a single day. Asymptomatic young people - those who demonstrated by ignoring social distancing and masks - may have been helping to fuel the fresh spike.

    Trump under pressure: How the Deep State tries to manipulate White House policy

    WashingtonCurrently, US President Donald Trump, who wants to be re-elected in November this year, is under enormous pressure. The split in US society as well as among the elite is evident not only in the current Black Lives Matter protests, but also in US foreign policy.

    Scientific research on IQ riles anti-racists

    Since the fatal police operation against the African American George Floyd in May, the entire Western world has been hit by an anti-racism movement. In the United States in particular, the alleged fight against discrimination is gaining momentum.

    What is happening in the US is a colour revolution in the true sense

    The Democrats and the rest of the DC establishment are using the weakest sections of society to mobilize opinion against President Donald Trump for the election.

    Go to archive