Immigrant Professionals --new study!
Submitted by Susan Finn Miller on September 21, 2015 - 4:32pm
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Hello colleagues, Just today IMPRINT released a new, first-of-its-kind study about immigrant professionals, Steps to Success: Integrating Immigrant Professionals in the United States. This survey collected data from skilled immigrants in six urban localities across the United States: Boston, Philadelphia, Miami, Detroit, San Jose, and Seattle.
I am sure the following key finds are no surprise to members here:
- Social capital is powerful: The survey showed that there is a remarkably strong correlation between the size of an immigrant’s social network and his or her likelihood of success.
- English really matters: Across the board, stronger English language skills were correlated with virtually every possible measure of immigrant success.
- Immigrants take enterprising approaches: Numerous self-improvement strategies were reported, including academic credential evaluation, English language classes, and additional education in the United States."
While the results show that about 40% of survey participants who have been in the US for 6 or more years 1) make at least $50K per year, and a somewhat lower percentage 2) use their skills at work, and 3) are working as professionals, a full 60%+ are still not achieving these goals. Unsurprisingly, skilled immigrants who have been here less than six years are earning less and fewer are using their skills.
What are your concerns about the skilled immigrants you are working with? What program models and strategies have you found to be successful? What kind of English classes have you found to be most helpful to skilled immigrants to accelerate their progress onto meaningful career pathways?
Some members will want to check out the full report. Please offer your comments and raise your questions here.
Cheers, Susan Finn Miller
Moderator, AELL CoP