Workforce/Labor

Immigrant Health-Care Workers in the United States

Report Author: 
Szilvia Altorjai and Jeanne Batalova
Original Date of Publication: 
2017 Jun

With health-care reform high on the legislative agenda and the implications of immigration policy changes on particular populations in the news, the role of the foreign born in medical occupations has become a topic of intense interest. Immigrants represent a significant slice of this labor force, comprising almost 17 percent of the 12.4 million people in the United States working as doctors, nurses, dentists, and in other health-care occupations in 2015.

Source Organization: 
Migration Policy Institute

Immigration and Farm Labor: From Unauthorized to H-2A for Some?

Report Author: 
Philip Martin
Original Date of Publication: 
2017 Aug

Although immigrant workers have long been employed on U.S. farms, shifting migration patterns and employer labor strategies are reshaping the agricultural workforce. Migration from Mexico to the United States has slowed with the the 2008–09 recession, improving conditions in rural Mexico, and stepped-up border enforcement.

Source Organization: 
Migration Policy Institute

On the Clock: How Immigrants Fill Gaps in the Labor Market by Working Nontraditional Hours

Report Author: 
Pavel Dramski, PhD
Original Date of Publication: 
2017 Jul

A new study from New American Economy shows that of the 30.2 million workers in America working the night shift, weekends, or other unusual working hours, nearly 5.5 million of them are foreign-born. The findings of the report are based on an analysis of the American Community Survey (ACS) and the American Time Use Survey (ATUS).

 

 

Source Organization: 
Other

Talking Jobs: Lesson's from ENB's 2016 ESOL Student Employment Survey

Report Author: 
English for New Bostonians
Original Date of Publication: 
2016 Oct

English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) classes are a critical investment in immigrants' success in America. The study Talking Jobs: Lessons from ENB's 2016 ESOL Student Employment Survey from English for New Bostonians examines a survey of 1,463 adult students in 39 MA ESOL programs. Survey respondents are primarily involved in four main employment sectors: accommodation and food services, retail trade, healthcare and social assistance and other services such as facilities support.

Source Organization: 
Other

From Struggle to Resilience: The Economic Impact of Refugees in America

Report Author: 
New American Economy
Original Date of Publication: 
2017 Jun

This study provides insight into a small and often misunderstood segment of the foreign-born population. While much of the political rhetoric describes what refugees cost the United States in the first eight months of their stay—the short period when they receive government resettlement assistance—this report clearly demonstrates the strong upward trajectory experienced by many refugee families in the country long term.

Source Organization: 
Other

Providing Immigrants A Springboard into the Workforce

Report Author: 
Community College Consortium for Immigrant Education
Original Date of Publication: 
2017 Apr

Portland Community College (PCC), in Portland, Oregon, is a state leader in developing and implementing integrated education and training programs. The college’s innovative Adult Basic Skills (ABS) Career Pathways program offers nonnative English speakers, immigrants, GED students, and developmental education students an accelerated path to build their academic, language, and job skills concurrently. Students take a contextualized academic skill-building support course in tandem with their college classes to earn a Career Pathways credential, usually in just 6 to 9 months.

Source Organization: 
Other

Workforce Collaborations Build a System of Supports for Immigrants

Report Author: 
The Networks for Integrating New Americans Initiative, World Education
Original Date of Publication: 
2017 Jan

This factsheet summarizes the key lessons learned from the "Networks for Integrating New Americans Initiative" of World Education, funded by the Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (OCTAE) of the Department of Education. It focuses on projects involving workforce development agencies and adult education programs. The factsheet describes three communities that implemented model projects illustrative of each type of collaboration.

Source Organization: 
Other

The Effects of Sanctuary Policies on Crime and the Economy

Report Author: 
Tom K. Wong
Original Date of Publication: 
2017 Jan

In one of his first acts as president, Donald Trump issued an executive order that would, among other things, punish "sanctuary jurisdictions." The order included a directive to the Secretary of Homeland Security to put out reports to "better inform the public regarding the public safety threats associated with sanctuary jurisdictions." Do these jurisdictions threaten public safety?

Source Organization: 
Center for American Progress

Korean Immigrants in the United States

Report Author: 
Jie Zong & Jeanne Batalova
Original Date of Publication: 
2017 Feb

Koreans in the United States are considered to be one of the most successful immigrant groups due to their high socioeconomic standing. This report examines the demographics of the Korean immigrant population using Census, Department of Homeland Security and World Bank data. While Korean migration to the U.S. increased exponentially following the Immigration Act of 1965, which lifted previous restrictions on Asian migration, Korean immigration rates have leveled off recently due to improved economic conditions in South Korea.

Source Organization: 
Migration Policy Institute

Language Diversity and English Proficiency in the United States

Report Author: 
Jeanne Batalova and Jie Zong
Original Date of Publication: 
2016 Nov

A new study reveals that 25.9 million individuals in the United States were Limited English Proficient (LEP) in 2015, including roughly half of the foreign-born population of 43.3 million. In “Language Diversity and English Proficiency in the United States,” the Migration Policy Institute presents a profile of LEP individuals ages five and older using Census data from 1980-2015.

Source Organization: 
Migration Policy Institute
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