Immigrants comprise nearly in 1 in 6 American workers, or 16% of the US workforce. Ensuring that immigrants are fully integrated into the US labor market is a crucial step in realizing the economic potential of newcomers, not only for individuals and their families but for American employers and communities.
Federal legislation on immigration issues must include an ambitious skills strategy that allows those on a pathway to citizenship as well as current citizens to obtain the skills and credentials that employers need. Similarly, federal legislation on adult education and workforce issues must take into account the changing demographic profile of American workers, and the increasing role of immigrants in the workforce.
This page contains recent publications and materials on immigrant workforce issues, as well as policy recommendations for incorporating a skills agenda for immigrants.
- Middle-Skill Credentials and Immigrant Workers: Arkansas’ Untapped Assets | 2017
- Middle-Skill Credentials and Immigrant Workers: Texas’ Untapped Assets | 2017
- Upskilling the New American Workforce | 2016
- In the Meantime: How to Support Immigrant Skill Building While Waiting for Federal Action on Immigration | 2015
- Missing in Action: Job-Driven Educational Pathways for Unauthorized Youth and Adults | 2015
- Slide deck: How Adult Educators Can Foster Immigrant Integration: ESOL and Beyond (VAACE workshop, 10/21/15)
- Slide deck: Pathways to Postsecondary Education and Career Training for Immigrants and English Language Learners (webinar for US Department of Education, 12/17/15)
- Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986
- Illegal Immigration Reform & Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996