Improving Immigrant Access to Workforce Services: Partnerships, Practices, and Policies

By The Aspen Institute

August 25, 2016

Summary

This report presents the challenges and shares actionable ideas on how the immigrant-serving and workforce development fields could partner to improve policies and practices connecting immigrants to skill-building and career-advancement opportunities. Immigrants and their families make up 13% of the overall population in the United States and 16% of the labor force. However, immigrants are much more likely than the native population to live in poverty and be underserved by our public workforce system.

The research, conducted by the Aspen Institute’s Workforce Strategies Initiative, helps us understand how workforce- and immigrant-focused organizations intersect and could work together. While forming robust partnerships is still in the preliminary stages, a few strong examples of such partnerships exist, and more are emerging with various modest investments. The report aims to contribute to the emerging national conversation about these issues.

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Key Takeaway

Creating partnerships requires effort and investment

Encouraging deeper engagement between immigrant-serving organizations and workforce development organizations, leveraging local and state policies and investing in peer learning and documentation of promising practices could strengthen partnerships between the two fields.

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