WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – The black immigrant population is expected to grow, a new study finds.

The Pew Research Center estimates that 3.8 million black immigrants live in the United States, which makes up almost 9 percent of the country’s population.

The researchers expect that number to triple by 2060.

“When we talk about the nation’s black population, it’s one that is becoming increasingly foreign born,” Mark Hugo Lopez, the director of Hispanic research at the Pew Research Center, said in the report.

Nearly half of black immigrants in the United States are from the Caribbean. Most originated from Jamaica and Haiti. However, an increasingly amount of immigrants are arriving from Africa, mostly Nigeria and Ethiopia.

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“What I found really striking was the growth in black immigration from African countries,” Monica Anderson, research analyst at the Pew Research Center, and author of the report, told PBS. “Since 2000, the number of black immigrants that have come to the U.S. from Africa has more than doubled.”

According to the report, almost 33 percent of immigrants from sub-Saharan African countries have entered the U.S. as refugees, while only 13 percent of immigrants from all countries are considered refugees.

The report states that these immigrants usually live in urban areas, particularly in the Northeast and South regions of the U.S.

Black immigrants are more likely to earn a college degree and get married than blacks born in the United States, the report finds. They are also less likely to live in poverty.

These immigrants are also more likely to speak English compared to the overall immigrant population in this country.

The reports expects the black immigrant population to grow to almost 17 percent by 2060.

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