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April 9, 2018 / Kendra Allen, Editor

New report explores the impact of refugee integration in the US

REFUGEES | The Urban Institute has released a report examining data on the integration of refugees in the US. The report identifies key gaps in current data collection and provides context for the political conversation about the resettlement of refugees in the country. (Urban Institute, 4/9)

Overall, recent research has found that refugees integrate with time in the US. On average, their labor force participation rates rise to or exceed native-born rates, their income levels rise, and their use of public benefits declines. Their English language proficiency improves and arriving refugee youth have strong educational attainment. Most refugees become US citizens, and many become owners of homes and businesses, contributing to their communities.

Refugees arrive with a wide spectrum of educational and employment backgrounds, and many remain limited by low English proficiency and low educational attainment, which influences their economic outcomes. Integration outcomes vary greatly not only by amount of time in the US, but by country of origin and educational background, as well as gender and age at arrival.

EDUCATION | Tamara Lucas Copeland, WRAG’s president, believes that a college degree is important, but she also understands jobs that don’t require college completion are fundamental to a well-functioning society. In her new blog, she reminds readers that there are alternative pathways to success and we should value them. (Daily, 4/2)

WORKFORCED.C. servers concerned about ‘tipped wage’ proposal (Washington Blade, 4/4)

RACIAL EQUITY | Equity in the Center has released an updated infographic that shows the characteristics and actions of organizations that are needed to address the racial leadership gap in organizations. (Equity in the Center, 4/6)

MARYLANDPrice Check: Incentives For Amazon’s HQ2 May Cost Maryland More Than Gov. Hogan Said (WAMU, 4/5)

CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY | The Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce is accepting applications until April 13 for its 2018 Outstanding Corporate Citizenship Awards, which honors individuals, businesses and nonprofits for business leadership, employee engagement, and corporate social responsibility. Learn more here.

FOOD INSECURITY | Jackie DeCarlo, CEO of Manna Food Center, was one of five women to be awarded Sodexo’s 2018 Global Women Stop Hunger Award by the Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation. (Bethesda Beat, 4/6)

ARTS & HUMANITIES | The ArtChangeUS@SHIFT Festival of American Orchestras is bringing together artist leaders to advance diversity and cultural equity issues in the orchestral and larger arts field in a week long festival at the Kennedy Center. Watch the live-stream here.

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