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Social work practice with African Americans

There is major group diversity among the black Caribbean women as reflected in their language variations. Although the most dominant language among black Caribbean women is English, others speak Spanish, French, and Dutch. Over 80 percent of Caribbean blacks come to the United States due to the strong family connections that they have with their American counterparts and the proximity of the Florida coast to the Caribbean (Wells-Wilbon & Vakalahi, 2015). A majority of Caribbean women reside in Florida and New York. Nonetheless, there is an increasing pattern of their migration and spread to other parts of the country, such as New Jersey, Massachusetts, and Georgia. By 2008, about 69 percent of Caribbean blacks were legally authorized to live and work in the United States (Wells-Wilbon & Vakalahi, 2015). Like their European immigrant counterparts during the Progressive Era, modern black Caribbean groups settle in concentrated urban communities or in close proximity to urban centers where there are employment opportunities and social amenities. Since 90 percent of Caribbean women are from English-speaking nations, their rate of participation in the American labor force is high, approximated at 75 percent (Wells-Wilbon & Vakalahi, 2015). However, black Caribbean women are less educated than their African and African American women. More than half of black Caribbean population have at least a high school level of education and are hired mainly in service-related jobs, construction, extraction and transportation. A few of this group find themselves in administrative jobs.