Could the future of African translation lie in the United States? I’m not talking alternative realities here — Star Trek, science fiction, whatnot. The truth is, immigration in America is changing. According to Ron Crouch with the Kentucky State Data Center, immigration is actually at a low point when compared to what it was in the course of US history. The reason why Americans perceive immigration to be on the rise is because the number of countries that immigrants are entering the United States from is higher than it’s ever been before, making immigration seem larger. And the ways in which they’re coming are more diverse too.
Not every immigrant today is what we commonly think of as a traditional immigrant. In addition to those who choose to come here of their own free will, today’s immigrants also include aslyees, internationally displaced persons and refugees. While the number the United States accepts annually changes at the will of the President, 3.2 million of the world’s current 12 million refugees are African. Around half of the world’s 25 million internationally displaced persons are also African. Regardless of immigrant type and whether they come to the United States or not, African emigration is on the rise. All told, the Center for African Refugees and Immigrants reports that since 1980, nearly 900,000 African immigrants have moved to the United States. That’s a group larger than the cities of San Francisco, Boston or Seattle. . .