The report indicated Kenyans workers scored 73.4% to emerge third in the list of the hardest and most skilled immigrant groups in America. Photo: Samrack Media. Source: UGC
Kenyans in the US ranked third most hardworking immigrants
Ghanaian and Bulgarians were ranked first and second respectively as the hardest working immigrant groups – CBK’s latest report indicated Kenyans hustling abroad sent back home a record KSh 64.5 billion in first quarter of 2018 Kenyans have been ranked among the most industrious and educated immigrants living in the United States. The Kenyan-born workers scored an impressive 73.4% to emerge third in the list of the most skilled and sought after African immigrants in America.
According to the 2018 report by Bloomberg, Ghanaians and Bulgarians were ranked positions one and two with scores of 75.2% and 74.2% respectively, making Africans in general the most learned and ambitious immigrants in the US . “If we want more high-skilled and hardworking English-speaking immigrants, it looks like the most obvious place to find them is in Africa,” Bloomberg’s journalist Justin Fox who is behind the rankings noted in the report.
Ethiopians, Guatemalans and immigrants from El Savado were placed fourth, fifth and sixth respectively, followed by Bosnians, Nigerians and Liberians in that order. The report, which was reportedly developed based on data from the 2016 US Census Bureau American Community Survey, indicated Kenya (together with Nigeria, Ghana and Nepal) also had the highest number of immigrants studying and working in America.
The Bloomberg report came three months after the Central Bank of Kenya (CBK) released a report indicating Kenyans living abroad set a new record in remitances in the first quarter of 2018. The diaspora remittances jumped from KSh 43.4 billion in the January-March 2017 quarter to a staggering KSh 64.5 billion during the same period in 2018.
The latest CBK report seen by TUKO.co.ke in May 9 indicated the country received KSh 20.4 billion in December 2017, KSh 20.9 billion in January, KSh 21.1 billion in February and KSh 22.3 billion in March 2018. The regulator attributed the good performance to increased uptake of financial products by Kenyans abroad and fresh business deals initiated by local banks in partnership with international financial institutions.