Workforce/Labor

Thinking Ahead About Our Immmigrant Future: New Trends and Mutual Benefits in Our Aging Society

Report Author: 
Dowell Myers
Original Date of Publication: 
2008 Jan

There are two stories now being told about immigration and the future of America. Each has some basis in fact,although one is based on newer trends and is more optimistic than the other. These stories differ in their answers tothree crucial questions: whether immigration to the United States is accelerating out of control or is slowing; how muchimmigrants are assimilating into American society and progressing economically over time; and how importantimmigrants are to the U.S. economy. The pessimistic story—in which immigration is portrayed as increasing

Source Organization: 
Immigration Policy Center

H-1B Visa Applications Slow

The number of H-1B visa applications - nonimmigrant speciality work permits - has dropped significantly this year. Whereas in past years, the applications exceeded the allowed quota, this recessionary years has 20,000 remaining applications (out of a total quota of the 65,000 subject category) as of mid-April. In 2007 and 2008, more than 150,000 and nearly 200,000 H-IB applications were filed, respectively.

Vietnamese American Nail Salons

Everyone wants to look good and pamper themselves but for the workers and owners of these nails salons- it’s long hours, low pay, and fierce competition.

Immigrant Workers in the Massachusetts Health Care Industry

Report Author: 
Ramon Borges-Mendez, James Jennings, Donna Haig Friedman, Malo Hutson, and Teresa Eliot Roberts
Original Date of Publication: 
2009 Mar
Foreign-born and foreign-trained workers and professionals are increasingly a vital share of the labor force in health care and its allied sub-sectors. In 2000, 1.7 million foreign-born workers (immigrants) accounted for 11.7 percent of all health care workers in the U.S. This includes non-medical personnel and maintenance workers who do not necessarily deliver health services but whose work highly influences the quality of care. The share of foreign-born workers in direct health care service provision was higher: 13 percent.
Source Organization: 
Immigrant Learning Center
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