ERIC Number: ED482531
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2003
Newcomers in the American Workplace: Improving Employment Outcomes for Low-Wage Immigrants and Refugees.
Moran, Tyler T.; Petsod, Daranee
First-generation immigrants play a crucial role in the U.S. economy, but despite their pivotal role many immigrant workers confront enormous challenges in the labor force. The immigrant population increased from 19.8 million in 1990 to 31.1 million in 2000, comprising 11.1% of the U.S. population and 12.4% of the nation's workforce. Immigrants are expected to account for half of the working-age population growth between 2006 and 2015 and for all of the growth between 2016 and 2035, yet they are concentrated in low-skill, low-pay jobs. Some of the challenges that keep immigrants in working poverty are as follows: (1) immigration status; (2) inaccessibility of job training and placement programs; (3) rarity of job-based benefits; (4) ineligibility for government programs; and (5) discrimination and exploitation in the workplace. Some of the recommendations to funders to improve conditions are as follows: (1) enhance language access to programs; (2) integrate job training with English-acquisition and cultural orientation; (3) develop workforce programs that forge multisector partnerships; (4) help immigrants gain fair recognition and receive accreditation for their skills and education; (5) successfully educate children of immigrants; (6) educate and develop the leadership of immigrant workers; (7) protect immigrant workers who risk intimidation for union activities; and (8) improve public policy, employer practices, and economic outcomes for low-wage immigrants. (Contains endnotes, recommended readings, and resources on immigrant worker issues.) (MO)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Employer Attitudes, Employment Practices, Employment Projections, English (Second Language), Equal Opportunities (Jobs), Immigrants, Institutional Cooperation, Intercultural Programs, Job Placement, Job Training, Labor Conditions, Labor Force, Labor Force Development, Policy Formation, Population Trends, Public Policy, Second Language Learning, Unskilled Workers, Working Poor
Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees, P.O. Box 1100, Sebastopol, CA 95473-1100 ($13). Tel: 707-795-2705; Fax: 707-581-1716; Web site: htp://www.gcir.org.
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Rockefeller Foundation, New York, NY.; Ford Foundation, New York, NY.; Hitachi Foundation, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Produced by Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees, and Neighborhood Funders Group.