ERIC Number: ED452392
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Moving from Welfare to Work: The Experiences of Refugee Women in Illinois.
Women's Bureau (DOL), Washington, DC.
A study conducted a questionnaire survey of 70 refugee women in Illinois and 2 service provider focus groups to assess the effects of welfare changes on refugee women and to identify barriers to workforce participation. Survey findings were that refugee women in the workforce are concentrated in low-wage jobs and do not earn enough income to move completely off welfare; 54 percent of working refugee women receive no benefits from their employers; limited English proficiency is a major barrier to workforce participation and long-term economic self-sufficiency; level of education alone is not a clear determinant of employability; and refugee women need information on child-care subsidy and more time to prepare for employment. Focus group findings were that ongoing education and training on welfare eligibility rules and implications are needed; English proficiency is the most significant roadblock to employment for both newly arrived and long-term refugees on public assistance; child care is a major barrier to employment for refugee women; refugee women who are long-time United States residents and who continue to receive public assistance are among the most difficult to employ; and welfare reform does not take into account the special needs of refugee women. (Twenty-six figures are included.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Adults, Day Care, Employed Women, Employment Potential, Employment Services, Females, Job Training, Limited English Speaking, Low Income, Refugees, Salary Wage Differentials, State Surveys, Surveys, Wages, Welfare Recipients, Welfare Reform, Welfare Services
For full text: http://www.dol.gov/dol/wb/public/info_about_wb/regions/refugee.pdf.
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Women's Bureau (DOL), Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Location: Illinois