Stopping ‘Brain Waste’ for Foreign-born Workers in the US

Immigration is top-of-mind for voters heading into the 2024 presidential election and so, too, is the economy and our workforce. For highly educated, highly skilled immigrants, entering the workforce and obtaining high-wage work can feel impossible. Brain waste is to blame. I have a new piece out in the Worcester Telegram & Gazette looking at this phenomenon and ways we can better match skilled immigrants with high-wage jobs.

In 2020, over 260,000 immigrants with undergraduate health care degrees such as nursing were underemployed. How might this untapped group of health professionals have buoyed the workforce during the COVID-19 pandemic if they’d been licensed in the U.S.?

Read the whole piece here.

Research for this article was supported by Arnold Ventures.

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