11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. ET
Migration Policy Institute
1400 16th Street NW, Suite 300
Washington, DC 20036
Michael Fix, President, MPI
Jeanne Batalova, Senior Policy Analyst, MPI
Amanda Bergson-Shilcock, Senior Policy Analyst, National Skills Coalition
Demetrios G. Papademetriou, President, MPI Europe; Distinguished Senior Fellow and President Emeritus, MPI
The United States has long attracted some of the world’s best and brightest, drawn by the strong U.S. economy, renowned universities, and reputation for entrepreneurship and innovation. But because of language, credential-recognition, and other barriers many of these highly skilled, college-educated immigrants cannot fully contribute their academic and professional training and skills once in the United States. As a result they work in low-skilled jobs or cannot find a job—a phenomenon known as brain waste.
Join MPI for an important discussion and presentation of first-ever U.S. estimates on the economic costs of this skill underutilization for immigrants, their families, and the U.S. economy. Nationwide cost estimates will be presented along with forgone earnings and tax payments for a number of key states: California, Florida, Michigan, New York, Ohio, Texas, and Washington.
The panel’s participants will discuss the factors linked to immigrant skill underutilization; highlight the potential for current city, state, and U.S. labor policy (including implementation of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act) to reduce this brain waste; and offer an employer-based view of skill underutilization and how it can be addressed.