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Voice of America
May 21, 2017

US Expulsions of Africans Rising, But Still Less Than Other Immigrant Groups


The United States has expelled about 326 Somali nationals since January. That number is greater than the total for all Somalis expelled from the country in 2016. This is the third consecutive year in which the number of Somalis deported by the U.S. government has risen. The rising numbers have increased immigrantsí fears of raids, detentions and deportations. The deportations of Somali citizens appear to be part of a larger movement, according to the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University. It found that in the first three months of 2017, the U.S. government ordered the deportation of more than 1,200 Africans. Citizens of Ghana, Nigeria, Somalia and Kenya have received the most removal orders. Recent deportation orders are undoing a ten-year-long trend. From 2006 to 2016, the number of Africans deported every year fell from 2,100 to about 1,000. If the trend continues, four times more Africans will be deported by the end of this year than during 2016.


Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University
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