Foreign Immigrants Face Challenges in US Work Force
With the immigrant population in the United States closing in on 40 million people, integration is an important and necessary aspect to ensuring the quality of life in the U.S. While the percentage of people living in the U.S. who were born elsewhere has reached an all time high of nearly 13%, unemployment is soaring and job opportunities, particularly for the foreign-born, are scarce.
Skilled But Poorly Paid
Although many come to the U.S. seeking better economic opportunities, and a striking number come prepared for highly specialized jobs, there are strict limits on how many visas can be granted each year for higher paid positions. This leaves many to toil at low wage jobs for which they are severely over qualified.
With a limited amount of visas available, those wishing to immigrate to the US will have much better access to these visas with the help of an expert in the immigration process. Niren and Associates have helped thousands of foreigners through successful US work visa application bids.
The National Immigrant Integration Conference
Prior to the meeting of the National Immigrant Integration Conference (NIIC) in Baltimore, MD on September 22nd, the following statistics were released:
- Immigrants, on average, earn nearly 25% less than their native-born equivalents.
- 50% of immigrants are without health care coverage. In contrast, 84% of all U.S. born citizens living in the U.S. have some sort of health care insurance.
- Close to 20% of all small businesses in the U.S. are owned by people born outside of the U.S. who later immigrated.
- One-third of all engineers and just under 30% of all computer scientists, statisticians, and physical scientists are immigrants.
The four-day NIIC meeting addresses issues of integration for immigrants to the U.S. and seeks solutions to dilemmas like these.
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