Brain waste among US immigrants with health degrees: a multi-state profile


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Author: Batalova, Jeanne; Fix, Michael; Pierce, Sarah


The coronavirus [COVID-19] pandemic that swept into communities across the United States beginning in Spring 2020 has placed enormous strain on health-care systems and highlighted the work of both US- and foreign-born health professionals. But even as the need for testing, treatment, and care is high, an estimated 263,000 immigrants and refugees with at least a four-year degree in a health field have largely been sidelined, either employed in jobs that require no more than a high school diploma or out of work. This fact sheet offers the first state-level profile of this untapped pool of...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Employment; Industry; Language; Migration

Keywords: Migrants; Refugees; Skilled migration; Skilled worker; Employment status; Skills mismatch; Underemployment

Geographic subjects: United States; North America

Published: Washington, District of Columbia: Migration Policy Institute, 2020

Physical description: 17 p.

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Resource type: Guide

Document number: TD/TNC 141.640

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