IMPRINT: Immigrant Professional Integration
As the new year begins, a look back at progress in the arena of skilled immigrant integration over the past 12 months yields impressive and promising results. Our partners made great strides in shaping key policy decisions impacting the economic integration of immigrants and their ability to contribute to the communities where they live. Across […]
The WES team at the 2019 National Immigrant Integration Conference in Detroit. At the National Immigrant Integration Conference in Michigan America’s promise of prosperity and freedom for all was on full display. There may be no better place than Michigan to make the case for stronger policies to promote immigrant integration. The state […]
In September the WES Mariam Assefa Fund awarded $1.2 million to promote economic opportunities and advancement for immigrants and refugees in the U.S. The first round of grantees includes The Beeck Center for Social Impact and Innovation; Jobs for the Future; Mission Driven Finance; Upwardly Global; and the Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians. The new […]
Community colleges can be critical gateways for many immigrants and refugees looking to gain an economic foothold in the labor market and integrate into the social fabric of their communities. That includes many of the almost 7.5 million immigrants in the U.S. who arrive with a four-year degree and often years of professional experience earned […]
The United States continues to be a beacon attracting immigrants from around the world. Many of these are highly educated with in-demand skills.
They come by a variety of means, including marriage to US citizens, winning the Diversity Visa lottery, direct investment, or being granted refugee or asylee status. Such New Americans are work authorized and here to stay.
Yet for a surprising number, their American Dream is deferred by multiple challenges to rebuilding their careers in the US. The taxi driver who was a scientist “back home;” the nanny earning poverty-level wages while her international nursing degree collects dust on her dresser.
Most of the challenges to re-entering the professional workforce can be overcome, as the member organizations of IMPRINT have proven in our more than 40 years of collective experience. This consortium represents practitioners leading the US in the new field of high skilled immigrant workforce integration.
We connect this untapped talent pool with resources and employers for the benefit of all.
We hope you will learn more about these issues by exploring the site. Lend your voice to ours as we reach out to government, business and other practitioners with our proven, innovative models. And please join our mailing list for updates. Thank you!
The IMPRINT Team
Unfortunately, these people aren’t imaginary – they represent the more than 2.7 million across the US who are unemployed or work in jobs far below their capacity.
Their under-employment has high costs for their families and communities. When these talented workers are unable to apply their international education and training to work in the United States, they face low wages, while the broader community suffers a tremendous waste of human capital.
But what if a Kenyan nurse or a Ukrainian engineer is able to practice his or her profession in the United States? The benefits are remarkable! Higher wages allow them to provide for their families, while increasing their contributions to tax revenue. Entry-level jobs are freed up for workers who are just beginning their careers, and employers benefit from skilled workers in high-demand professions.
So how do we get there? Click here to learn more.