• Andrea Glispie

The power and potential of immigrant workers

Updated: Aug 30, 2018

Credit: Aman Bhargava

A new report by Urban Institute takes a closer look at the demographics of the immigrant workforce as well as the challenges and opportunities immigrants face as they strive to advance their careers and earn higher wages.

Urban Institute talked to nonprofit organizations and stakeholders in Dallas, Miami, and Seattle to better understand the hurdles immigrant must clear to secure good jobs and achieve economic security. Many organizations described challenges like limited English proficiency, low digital literacy and low basic skills, but also more structural issues such as high housing costs, lack of transportation and childcare and financial pressures that force immigrants to juggle multiple jobs to support their families.

The report also uncovered divisions between immigrant-serving organizations, business, and adult literacy, workforce development and higher education providers can hinder potential collaborations and cross-cutting solutions. However, there are steps that these stakeholder groups can take to unleash the talent of immigrant workers.

United Way of Metropolitan Dallas contributed the report which you can read here.


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Pathways to Work

Led by United Way of Metropolitan Dallas, Pathways to Work is a cross-sector collaboration of funders, employers and training providers working to create innovative solutions for moving entry-level workers into good middle skill jobs and ensure employers have a pipeline of skilled and ready-to-work employees. Job training and placement are key components of United Way’s community goal to move 250,000 people out of poverty permanently.


Andrea Glispie

Director, Pathways to Work




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