Tanzania: Immigrant Stories

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

There are approximately 1,430 Tanzanian immigrants living in the Washington-Arlington-Alexandria , DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Area. While only 5 percent of all Tanzanian immigrants in the United States live in the D.C. Metro Area, this area's Tanzanian immigrant population has grown by 31 percent in the past ten years (i.e. 2010-2020). Tanzanian immigrants are concentrated in the southern, north-eastern, and south-eastern parts of the D.C. Metro Area, as well as within the eastern regions of Maryland and Virginia.


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Meet a Tanzanian Immigrant

Dr. Abdulaziz Sachedina was born and raised in Eastern Africa in Lindi, a small city in Tanzania. He moved to the United States in 1976 after traveling and moving around the world for years. After completing secondary school in Lindi he went on to receive degrees from the Aligarh Muslim University and Ferdowsi University of Mashhad as well as both a master’s and PhD in Middle East and Islamic Studies from the University of Toronto. After completing his PhD in 1976, Dr. Sachedina moved to the United States to teach in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Virginia. Along the way, Dr. Sachedina had a family, made connections with a variety of different people, and saw the world, all while studying what he loved. Even though he has experience in his field and career, he is looking forward to new opportunities that may come his way. 

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