Kenyan Immigrants in the United States: Acculturation, Coping Strategies, and Mental Health

Kenyan Immigrants in the United States: Acculturation, Coping Strategies, and Mental Health

Kenyan Immigrants in the United States: Acculturation, Coping Strategies, and Mental Health

Kenyan Immigrants in the United States: Acculturation, Coping Strategies, and Mental Health

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An increasing number of foreign nationals have entered the United States in the last decade either as business travelers, temporary workers, refugees, students, legal permanent residents, or foreign diplomats. Nationally, the number of immigrants rose from 11.1 percent (31.1 million individuals) of the United States population in 2000 to 12.5 percent (38 million individuals) in 2008 (United States Census Bureau, 2008). These rising numbers of immigrants come from different countries and represent a move towards heterogeneity in immigrant populations in the United States from the 1800s when immigrant groups mostly constituted Germans, Irish and English. Immigration statistics show that the number of African immigrants in the United States grew 40-fold between 1960 and 2007, from 35, 355 to 1.4 million and made up 3.7 percent of all immigrants (United States Office of Immigration Statistics, 2007). As this number of immigrants from the continent of Africa has increased over the last four decades, these foreign nationals have stamped their presence on the ethnic map of the United States. These recent changes in immigration patterns have challenged the definition and categorization of groups as racial minorities, ethnic minorities or immigrants.

The changing face of immigration in the United States, that now includes Sub-Saharan Africans, may be attributed to the diversity in the countries that send immigrants to this nation. In most cases, international migration causes sudden changes in many areas of immigrants’ lives within a short time. These changes typically affect . . .

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