Ghana: Immigrant Stories

Ghanaian Immigrants in the Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Area

There are approximately 23,130 Ghanaian immigrants living in the Washington-Arlington-Alexandria Metropolitan Area. This group comprises 2 percent of the foreign-born population in the metropolitan area. Between 2010-2020, the estimated increase in the number of Ghanaian immigrants in the Washington-Arlington-Alexandria Metropolitan Area was 29 percent.

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Meet a Ghanaian Immigrant

Dr. Isidore Dorpenyo was born and raised in Ghana before moving to the United States in 2010 to pursue higher education. After completing his bachelor’s degree in English in Ghana, he attended Michigan Tech where he completed his master’s and PhD degrees. After he finished school, he got a job at George Mason University and began teaching here in 2016. He has been employed at Mason ever since. Since then, he has gotten married, had children, visited Ghana, and received tenure at the university. He hopes to become a full-time professor, “contribute to disciplinary knowledge,” and “give back to my country, friends, [and] my community”.

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