Kenya ranks fifth in Africans working legally in US – report
At least 478 Kenyan green card and work visa holders have been employed in the US in five years.
Data contained in the ‘visa and green card report’ between 2014 and 2018 show at least 88 Kenyans secured employment legally since the beginning of the year. In the five-year stint, 2017 recorded the highest number of Kenyans absorbed into the American job market with 118 people, 111 were employed in 2016, 81 in 2015 and 80 in 2015.
The data ranks Kenya fifth among African countries whose citizens are legally working in the US. The country comes after Egypt, Nigeria, South Africa and Ghana. The data shows most of them work in technology, travel, law, engineering, nursing and medicine-related sectors. The 2018 report further says Kenyans working in the US get an average annual salary of about Sh10.2 million.
A survey by the Central Bank of Kenya indicated that Kenyans living and working abroad remitted a record Sh64.5 billion between January and March 2018.
A 2018 Bloomberg report puts Kenyan immigrants working in the US as the third-most industrious foreigners after Ghana and Bulgaria. Kenyan workers scored 73.4 per cent.
US Department of Labour count reveals about 16.7 per cent of America’s employed workforce is made up of immigrants — about 25 million people.
The report shows Kenya is among the African countries with the highest number of immigrants studying and working in the US. Internationally, India and China carry the bulk of immigrants working in the US.