Updated IMPRINT Map Tracks Trends in Immigrant Professional Integration 
Programs Across the U.S.

Eighty-seven programs that represent a range of efforts to empower foreign-trained immigrants and refugees are now featured in the updated IMPRINT Program and Service Map . The IMPRINT map reveals the breadth of approaches across the country to support individuals seeking to reenter their professions and contribute more fully to their communities.


News & Notes in Immigrant Integration 
Cato Institute: Family & Diversity Immigrants Are Far Better Educated Than U.S.-Born Americans
According to an analysis of the Census's American Community Survey (ACS), diversity and family-sponsored immigrants are generally better-educated than U.S.-born Americans. In fact, they are 62 percent more likely to have a college degree than U.S. natives. An article from the Cato Institute provides background on the analysis in response to statements by Attorney General Jeff Sessions claiming that immigrants are lacking in skills and education. As the Migration Policy Institute notes in its commentary, The Diversity Visa Program Holds Lessons for Future Legal Immigration Reform, the visa lottery has actually become a means for entry of the highly skilled - with half of diversity visa holders having a college degree.
MinnPost: How Foreign-Trained Doctors are Filling the Health Care Gap in Greater Minnesota
Minnesota is facing a doctor shortage. The Minnesota Department of Health projects that the state will have 2,000 fewer primary care physicians than it needs by 2025 - a dearth of doctors that is expected to hit rural Minnesota especially hard. In 2015, in response to the looming crisis, the Minnesota State Legislature approved the creation of the International Medical Graduate (IMG) Program. Read about ways the Office of Rural Health and Primary Care helps some international graduates find medical training and other support needed to qualify for residency, and stories of several doctors' distinct career paths.

Tent Foundation and Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS): U.S. Employers' Guide to Hiring Refugees
In its commitment to improving the lives of displaced persons, Tent works with businesses in the private sector to help them support and empower refugees. In partnership with LIRS, Tent has created a comprehensive manual with essential information on the logistics, benefits, challenges, and solutions related to refugee recruitment, employment, and retention in the United States. This toolkit provides practical and applicable guidance for businesses, including basic data on the refugee population in the United States, value analyses of refugee integration, a step-by-step how-to on hiring refugees, problem-solving tips, and an extensive compilation of additional resources.

Upcoming Webinar 
Welcoming America: Welcoming and Integrating Refugee Professionals
This webinar, on March 8, will feature Katherine Gebremedhin of WES Global Talent Bridge, and Nicole Redford of Higher.  Register here.

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IMPRINT is a national coalition of non-profit organizations dedicated to advancing opportunities for skilled immigrants.