In the United States refugee resettlement system, refugees are required to take the first job they are offered. These are often low-wage, entry-level positions offering little opportunity for growth. Most remain in these jobs due to low English literacy, numeracy, access to resources, and digital problem-solving skills. Without opportunities for education, training, and advancement, refugees remain in poverty, perpetuating the stereotypes of dependency on public assistance. Denied the opportunity to truly thrive, their potential contributions to their communities are limited. Through New American Cities, we will implement a system that facilitates collaboration between local governments, employers, and resettlement agencies to create a longer-term approach to economic self-sufficiency. This collective action will support refugees to access the bridges needed to build career pathways to economic and social inclusion. This project will be mutually beneficial, providing greater well-being for refugees while strengthening the economies and workforce of the cities they now call home.
Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Servicewebsite: https://www.lirs.org/
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