IMPRINT: Immigrant Professional Integration
According to the Migration Policy Institute, an estimated 1.9 million immigrant professionals are unemployed, employed at poverty-level wages in low-skill jobs, or significantly underemployed in semi-skilled jobs.
This reflects the worst of outcomes, as their home countries suffer the “brain drain” of sending these talented workers abroad, while the US allows widespread “brain waste” of many work-authorized new arrivals. Foreign-educated immigrants make up the majority of this group, with nearly 1.2 million affected by brain waste. This foreign-educated group is also more likely to be underemployed compared to their U.S.-educated counterparts (29% versus 21%).
Among the key barriers they face are:
So how can we help immigrant professionals overcome these structural barriers and apply their talents in their chosen professions?For more than a decade, the member organizations of IMPRINT have sought to answer that question. We have systematically experimented with practical tools to address the most common challenges.
Today, we offer the distilled wisdom of our shared experience. From innovative “bridge programs” to specialized educational counseling, IMPRINT members and partners have tackled the challenge of immigrant professional integration and identified promising practices to aid in launching these workers on a new trajectory.
Join us as we explore this complex issue and build long-lasting solutions to fully support immigrant professional integration – making an IMPRINT on American life.