Although Cameroon’s image as a stable nation with a strong economy may have mitigated against any large-scale migration by Cameroonians following independence, the economic collapse beginning in the mid-1980s and the coerced implementation of democratic reforms in the early 1990s exposed fault lines in the nation’s economic and political institutions. As a result, thousands of Cameroonians have left the country in search of a better life abroad. While Europe remains the favorite destination for many of these migrants, a significant number have also come to the United States. Cameroonian Immigrants in the United States examines the increase in the population of Cameroonians in the United States in the last two decades, the difficulties that many of them must endure in order to come to America, and the challenges they face adapting to their new environment. Despite the problems they face, these new immigrants are creating a home in America. At the same time, however, they remain connected to their country of birth through remittances to friends and family members and other forms of investments and development projects in their communities.
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About the Author
Joseph Takougang is professor of African history in the Department of Africana Studies at the University of Cincinnati.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Failed Promises and Shattered Dreams
Chapter 2: Understanding Post-Colonial Cameroonian Migration to the United States
Chapter 3: Making it in America: Guts and Survival
Chapter 4: Creating a Home in America
Chapter 5: Staying Connected to the Homeland
Chapter 6: Conclusion: Some General Observations and Suggestions