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Robert Grossman / Africaphotos.com [IC14]

Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire

African immigrants to the United States are, in the vast majority, urban dwellers with a high level of education. Most were part of the middle class of the capitals and large cities of their respective countries. They were the ones with enough money to afford the high cost of migrating to other continents. The very poor often have no means to migrate, other than from rural areas to the cities, or to neighboring countries that can be accessed by train or bus.

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