Bulgarians Best Educated US Immigrants

Society | June 17, 2009, Wednesday // 08:01|  views

This file photo shows graduates from the American University in Bulgaria (AUBG) in the town of Blagoevgrad celebrating at their commencement ceremony, May 17, 2009. Photo by BGNES

Bulgarian immigrants to the United States are the most likely to report having a high school degree or higher out of all European-born immigrants, shows data of the US Census Bureau.

Of the European-born the Bulgarians are followed by those born in Switzerland (90.5%), and Ireland (90.4%), who are also likely to report having a high school degree or higher, says the survey, as cited by examiner.com.

Those born in Portugal (42.9%), Italy (53.7%), and Greece (59.9%) were the least likely to report having completed a high school education.

Of the African-born population in the United States age 25 and older, 86.4% reported having a high school diploma or higher, compared with 78.9% of Asian-born immigrants, and 76.5% of European-born immigrants, respectively.

These figures contrast with 61.8% percent of the total foreign-born population.

Immigrant groups in general tend to have higher high school graduation rates than the native-born general American population, which averages about 70%.


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