Economic Opportunity & Asset Building

October 2018
News
News Article
Many immigrants have years of work experience. ‘Upskilling’ programs are helping them use that knowledge.
This radio program looks at efforts to "upskill" immigrant workers by helping them utilize their existing skills in higher level positions throughout the American workforce.
July 2018
News
Commentary
Immigrant workforce is critical for Minnesota's economic growth
A recent visit to southwestern Minnesota by the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis president reaffirms what many economic experts already had determined, but the message bears repeating: Rural Minnesota needs immigrants to work and live here.
May 2018
Program
Regional Briefing
This briefing will address how grantmakers can boost economic prosperity for low- and middle-income immigrants and refugees—and native-born residents alike—by reducing barriers to building wealth. 
March 2018
Program
Webinar
Advancing Economic Opportunity for Immigrants and Refugees
This webinar will share key findings from research commissioned by AFN and GCIR, and participants will have the opportunity to hear from experts from the field who will share lessons and best practices emerging from their work at this critical intersection.
January 2018
Resource
Report
An Examination of Wage and Income Inequality within the American Farmworker Community
This article explores the reasons for earning inequalities among farmworkers. Using national data from the US Department of Labor’s National Agricultural Worker Survey (NAWS), we detail and examine differences in earnings among farmworkers based on certain characteristics identified in prior literature.
January 2018
Resource
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ), Report
Welcoming Economies Playbook: Strategies for Building an Inclusive Local Economy
This 16-page playbook considers both the “why” and the “how” of building more welcoming local economies, including strategies and best practices.
March 2017
News
Commentary
Florida has one of the hottest economies in the nation—and immigrants and refugees are big players in the state’s success. Cities and towns across the Sunshine State have benefitted from newcomers’ outsized role in starting businesses.
March 2017
Resource
Report
Not Lost in Translation: The Growing Importance of Foreign Language Skills in the U.S. Job Market
A report on the growing demand for bilingual talent in major industries in the United States. The research looks at online job posting data acquired by Burning Glass Technologies, a leading labor market analytics firm that searches 40,000 job boards daily.
February 2017
News
Commentary
Building Partnerships for Change: Engaging and Leveraging Resources for Immigrant Financial Integration
Despite immigrants' crucial role in our nation’s economy—the country’s 45 million foreign-born residents represent 13 percent of the U.S. population but 17 percent of its workforce—many lack access to financial services the rest of us take for granted.

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