A report analysing the work and job skill among immigrant groups in the United States of America (USA) has identified Ghanaians in the US as the most hardworking people.
Although it noted that Africans were generally more hardworking and skilled than immigrants from other parts of the world, immigrants from countries such as Bulgaria and Guatemala were among the most hardworking people in the US.
African countries that featured in the top 11 listen included Kenya (3rd), Ethiopia (4th), Nigeria (8th) and Liberia (9th).
The report was produced by Bloomberg’s Justin Fox, a famed American financial journalist from the 2016 U.S. Census Bureau American Community Survey 2016, to counter White House Chief of Staff John Kelly’s comments that most undocumented immigrants are not easily able to assimilate into the United States, into its “modern society.”
Other subjects touched by the Justin Fox’s report was the educational level of immigrant groups, ability to speak English and hard work, which were key factors John Kelly used to highlight his point that the US could not integrate the immigrants.
The report said, of the many immigrant groups in the US, Kenya, Ghana, Nigeria and Nepal were the countries with the most number of its immigrants enrolled in higher education in the US after Saudi Arabians.
It said the four countries also had the most number of its immigrants employed in the US.
On the level of education of immigrants in the US, the report named India, which has over 2.1 million immigrants in the US as highly educated, having at least a bachelor’s degree.
Egypt, which 152,000 immigrants in the US placed 5th on the level of education of its national there while Nigeria, which has over 260,000 immigrants placed 8th.
Kelly argued in a recent radio interview that most undocumented immigrants are “not people that would easily assimilate into the United States, into our modern society.” He said,
They’re overwhelmingly rural people in the countries they come from — fourth, fifth, sixth grade educations are kind of the norm. They don’t speak English, obviously that’s a big thing. They don’t speak English. They don’t integrate well, they don’t have skills. They’re not bad people. They’re coming here for a reason. And I sympathize with the reason. But the laws are the laws.