IMPRINT: Immigrant Professional Integration

IMPRINT Program Map Network Q4 2019 Updates

Upcoming Events you might be interested in attending:

AACC Workforce Development Institute 2020 Conference, January 22-25, Amelia Island, FL; Registration ends 12/30:

GCIR Annual Convening, March 11-13, Atlanta, GA; Early bird registration ends 12/31

National Skills Coalition Skills Summit, February 3-5, Washington, DC

The Forum by NAWB, March 21-24, Washington, DC

Webinars for practitioners who work with skilled immigrants:

Identifying Job Opportunities and Career Pathways: Tools and Resources WES Global Talent Bridge joined the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation and the National Immigration Forum in a webinar where each organization shared different practical and interactive tools including our Career Pathways e-guides.

Tapping Global Talent: Career Pathways for Internationally Trained Engineers in the U.S. This webinar discusses best practices for tapping the potential of internationally trained immigrants and creating career options that optimize their unique skills.

Can Immigrant Professionals Help Reduce Teaching Shortages in the U.S.? This webinar presents findings from WES Global Talent Bridge’s report, “Can Immigrant Professionals Help Reduce Teaching Shortages in the U.S.?” and discusses efforts to streamline pathways to teaching.

Upskilling the U.S. Labor Force: Mapping the Credentials of Immigrant-Origin Workers This webinar analyzes the 30 million immigrant adults who lack a post-secondary credential. It highlights the importance of credentials in relation to workforce participation and wages. It is related to MPI’s report titled “Credentials for the Future: Mapping the Potential for Immigrant-Origin Adults in the United States.”

A Mirror for the Nation? The Changing Profile of Mexican Immigrants in Texas This is an audio and video recording of an event at the Migration Policy Institute, featuring a discussion from experts at MPI and Southern Methodist University’s Texas-Mexico Center. The discussion presents an overview of trends and characteristics of highly skilled Mexican immigrants in Texas and opportunities to address brain waste. The panelists explore causes behind the trends and implications for integration policies and programs.

WES Global Talent Bridge Resources for your clients:

Career Pathways Guides

Our career pathways guides provide resources and guidance to help internationally trained immigrants seeking to use their education in seven industries, including Dentistry, Allied Health, Information Technology, Pharmacy, Architecture, Accounting, Engineering, Teaching, and Nursing.

– On-demand webinars

Getting Your Professional Engineering License: What Internationally Trained Professionals Need to Know This webinar describes the stages and requirements for licensing and explains how to approach credential evaluation, and it includes practical advice on how immigrant engineers can work with state boards and experts from the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) to create a plan for their licensing journey while gaining work experience.

How to Build Your Career as an Internationally Trained Accountant in the U.S. This webinar focuses on how immigrant and refugee professionals can develop a meaningful career while completing licensing requirements in the field of accounting.

Employment Resources: Preparing for your Job Search In this webinar, our guest speaker from Upwardly Global covers comprehensive resources through the Jobversity platform, including practical tools that incorporate the employer perspective to help internationally trained immigrants prepare their professional portfolio.

Research from the field of skilled immigrant integration:

Physician Supply and Demand A 15-Year Outlook: Key Findings This report includes key findings from the fifth annual study conducted by the Life Science division of HIS Markit titled ‘The Complexities of Physician Supply and Demand: Projections from 2017-2032.’ These findings include a projected shortage of both primary and specialty care by 2032 of between 46,900 and 121,900 physicians. Coupled with this is an additional shortage of 95,900 doctors if heath care use patterns were equalized across race, insurance coverage, and geography. The report also speaks to the main reasons driving these physician shortages and highlights the outcomes of some emerging health delivery trends designed to improve overall population health.

Expanding Eligibility for Professional and Occupational Licensing for Immigrants The President’s Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration released a report thatt “provides an overview of the need to expand professional, business, and commercial licenses (also known as “occupational licenses”) to various work-authorized immigrants.” including DACA recipients, TSP holders, DED recipients, and immigrants with EADs. The report provides 5 policy recommendations to expand eligibility, yet protect the integrity of the licensing process.

NAE Cities Index The NAE Cities Index evaluates local policies and socioeconomic factors to determine how cities are performing in their effort to integrate immigrant populations.

Guide to Learning About Local Workforce Systems This guide defines what local workforce systems are, how they work, and how they connect stakeholders and facilitate collaboration. It provides an overview of organizations and activities in the workforce system that help workers and employers. The guide can also be used as a tool for mayoral staff, service providers, and national intermediaries in understanding workforce systems, facilitating partnership, and strategic development.

Key findings about U.S. immigrants  This research provides updated statistics about the foreign-born population residing in the United States. It also includes some historical trends since 1960 and answers key questions about the immigrant population.

Recently arrived U.S. immigrants, growing in number, differ from long-term residents This research demonstrates several differences between shorter and longer tenured U.S. immigrants that have changed over time. It highlights trends in educational attainment, unemployment rates, earnings, English proficiency, and ethnicity.

State Immigration Data Profiles The Migration Policy Institute’s State Immigration Data Profiles contain the most up to date data about immigrants and the native born population in the United States, including brain waste.

What a waste: Ensure migrants and refugees’ qualifications and prior learning are recognized This paper offers examples of OECD countries that have made progress toward the recognition of qualifications of prior learning, including special provisions for migrants and refugees. It argues that migrants need to have their academic credentials recognized so that they can find meaningful employment at the right levels, especially for migrants and refugees who cannot prove their academic qualifications. The paper looks at various recognition systems across the world, and ways they assess skills and competencies. It calls on improvements to policy across countries to address the displaced population. It also offers examples of countries that have made policy amendments (Portugal), toolkits (Norway), fee waivers (Belgium), a European Qualifications Passport for Refugees (Norway & the UK), mutual recognition arrangements across specific occupations (ASEAN), digital technologies (Arizona), and other steps to reflect refugees’ needs. Furthermore, the paper provides data about the size of brain waste around the world. The paper concludes with a push for collective action across global, national, state, and local regions and capacity building at the regional and national level.

Why the Foreign-Born Population in the Midwest has Skyrocketed This article cites research highlighting the migration of highly skilled immigrants to the Midwest. It showcases examples of Midwestern cities that have interesting models for immigrant-facilitating projects.

Far fewer Mexican immigrants are coming to the US – and those who do are more educated This article argues that there is evidence that Mexicans migrating to the U.S. today are significantly different than their counterparts making the move more than a decade ago.  Recent Mexican migrants tend to have a higher level of education and a greater fluency in English. A higher percentage are U.S. naturalized citizens. Mexico is undergoing a significant demographic shift that will result in an aging population and workforce, as well as a significant technological transformation that is associated with a growing number of Mexicans in science and technology fields.

Lessons from WES Global Talent Bridge research in Canada:

– An Addendum to “A Way Forward for Refugees: Findings from the WES Pilot Project”

The addendum summarizes data on outcomes collected from Syrian refugees who participated in the refugee pilot project. The survey focused on the clients’ experience in the program and the usefulness of the credential evaluation report, given the respondents’ career or education goals. The link will give you access to the original, Full Report, as well as the Executive Summary, both published in 2018, and the Addendum, published in early September 2019.

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