IMPRINT: Immigrant Professional Integration


Study: Helping Six Cities Leverage Local Immigrant Talent


The U.S. is home to approximately 3.7 million college-educated immigrants who received their degrees abroad. However, 26 percent of these skilled workers are unemployed or working in low-wage jobs. This phenomenon, also called “brain waste,” has negative consequences for immigrants and their families, as well as employers looking for high-skilled workers, and cities seeking to advance their economy.

IMPRINT’s home organization, World Education Services, received a grant to conduct a study of immigrant professionals in six cities. The goal of the study was to document the factors that help immigrant professionals to succeed, and the barriers that can hold them back. The study surveyed immigrants in four cities where Knight invests through its community and national initiatives program: Detroit, Miami, Philadelphia and San Jose; Boston and Seattle were also included. Learn more about this study in the official announcement.

The first-of-its-kind study tracked the career paths of workers who were educated abroad to determine the factors that lead to their success or limit their progress. Results were used to create a set of recommendations for cities to better integrate skilled workers into their communities, and take advantage of their many talents.

Download the report to read the full findings and recommendations.

The Institution for Immigration Research at George Mason University servde as lead research partner. AudioNow, a technology company that helps radio stations reach immigrant listeners via mobile phone, joined the project as a research partner.

Learn more about the IMPRINT Survey | Take a look at the survey questions


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About the Organizations

The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation supports transformational ideas that promote quality journalism, advance media innovation, engage communities and foster the arts. The foundation believes that democracy thrives when people and communities are informed and engaged.World Education Services (WES) is the leading source of international education intelligence. WES is a not-for-profit organization with nearly 40 years’ experience evaluating international credentials. WES provides more than 100,000 evaluations each year that are accepted by thousands of academic institutions, employers, licensing and certification boards, and government agencies in the U.S. and Canada. WES Global Talent Bridge is dedicated to helping skilled immigrants fully utilize their talents and education in the United States.

IMPRINT (Immigrant Professional Integration) is a national coalition of nonprofit organizations. Founded in 2011, IMPRINT is an advocate for federal, state and local policies that aid in the economic integration of immigrant professionals.

The Institute for Immigration Research is a joint venture between George Mason University and the Immigrant Learning Center, Inc. (ILC) of Massachusetts. Its mission is to refocus the immigration conversation among academics, policy-makers and the public, including the business community and media, by producing and disseminating unbiased and objective, interdisciplinary academic research realted to immigrants and immigration to the United States.

AudioNow, based in Washington, D.C., is the world’s largest mobile platform connecting radio broadcasters to listeners in the diaspora through call-to-listen technology. With more than 2,200 broadcast partners, including global leaders such as the United Nations, BBC, Radio France International, Radio Free Asia, and the Voice of America, AudioNow reaches more than 130 different nationalities and ethnic groups, also providing unique research and survey capabilities unavailable anywhere in the world.

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