Untapped talent: the costs of brain waste among highly skilled immigrants in the United States

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While the United States has long been a top destination for the world's best and brightest, it has fallen short when it comes to fully tapping the skills and training of these newcomers. As a result, nearly two million immigrants with college degrees in the United States - one out of every four - are relegated to low-skilled jobs or are unable to find work. This skill underutilization - often referred to as brain waste - comes at a significant cost to families and the US economy: College-educated immigrants employed in low-skilled work miss out on more than 39 billion dollars in wages....  [+] Show more

Subjects: Skills and knowledge; Migration; Employment; Qualifications; Economics; Participation

Keywords: Skilled migration; Underemployment; Skilled worker; Labour economics; Migrants; Labour force participation; Barrier; Labour utilisation

Geographic subjects: United States; North America

Published: Washington, District of Columbia: Migration Policy Institute, New American Economy, and World Education Services, 2016

Physical description: iv, 42 p. (full report) + 25 p. (report in brief) + 7 fact sheets

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Also called: Untapped talent: the costs of brain waste among highly skilled immigrants in the United States: report in brief

Statement of responsibility: Full report by Jeanne Batalova, Michael Fix and James D. Bachmeier; Report in brief written by Jeanne Batalova, Michael Fix, Michelle Mittelstadt and Angela Marek Zeitlin

Resource type: Report

Call number: TD/TNC 127.579

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