Date of Award

Fall 12-2022

Document Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (BA)


Political Science



First Advisor or Mentor

James De Lorenzi

Second Reader

Kristin Carter


African immigrants come to the United States and Canada for a better life; most come for the sake of job opportunities and professional advancement. Nigerian immigrant women are one of these groups of African immigrants. While it is likely that they experienced discrimination in the workforce in Nigeria, research has shown that African immigrants, African immigrant women, and Nigerian immigrant women, in particular, experience more discrimination in their host countries. Researchers have also shown that these groups may experience discrimination based on national origin, race, gender, educational background, and sometimes even religion. However, there is a gap in the research surrounding African immigrants’ experiences with employment discrimination.There is no research on the employment experiences of specific sub-Saharan African groups, such as Nigerians, or how their experience in their new country compares to their experience in their original country. This is necessary research as it exposes the employment experiences of Nigerian immigrants, which can inform solutions to employment discrimination through governmental policies and encourage employers to work towards improving their African immigrants’ employment experiences. This research closes a small but important part of this gap by exploring the employment experiences of Nigerian immigrant working women in the United States and Canada through survey responses. Results show that although Nigerian women in the United States and Canada continue to experience employment discrimination, they have also noted factors contributing to positive employment experiences. These positive experiences have allowed them to prefer their work experiences in the U.S. and Canada to their work experiences in Nigeria.



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