High-skilled Labor

Immigrants play a vital role in America’s high-skilled fields. By 2018, America will face a projected shortfall of more than 200,000 advanced-degree STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) holders. More than half of all PhDs graduating from U.S. universities in many STEM fields are foreign-born, yet current immigration laws make it difficult or impossible for many foreign STEM students to stay in the United States after graduation and help fill the STEM-field workforce shortages.

The problem is particularly acute in the healthcare industry, where the United States faces a shortage of physicians and surgeons, professions that immigrants are nearly twice as likely as native-born citizens to fill. The evidence is clear that high-skilled immigrants create American jobs. Every foreign student who graduates from a U.S. university with an advanced degree and stays and works in a STEM-related field creates an additional 2.62 American jobs. But despite this positive impact, the current immigration system is woefully unprepared to attract and retain the top global talent. Year after year, the cap for temporary high-skilled visas is met within days, leaving tens of thousands of job creators waiting in line to come to America. And while the country invests in educating the best and brightest from around the world at America’s top universities, many of them are sent home after graduation, unable to stay and generate new opportunities in the United States.

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High-skilled Labor

By 2025, America will be Short 90,000 Doctors, as Population Ages

September 20, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 20, 2016 CONTACT: Sarah D. Roy, New American Economy, Sarah@renewoureconomy.org   By 2025, America will be Short 90,000 Doctors, as Population Ages New Report Shows How Immigrants Can Help Meet Healthcare Workforce Needs New York, NY––Between 2000 and 2030, America’s elderly population is expected to more than double from 35 million…

Who Will Care for Our Seniors?

September 20, 2016

Between 2000 and 2030, America’s elderly population is expected to more than double from 35 million to 71.5 million. This demographic shift will put enormous pressure on the U.S. healthcare system, which is already strapped for workers. A new report by New American Economy (NAE), Who Will Care for Our Seniors?, examines the gap between…

Municipality, NAE Release Anchorage-Specific Data on New Americans’ Contributions to Local Economy

September 19, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 19, 2016 CONTACTS: Sarah D. Roy, New American Economy, sarah@renewoureconomy.org Myer Hutchinson, Municipality of Anchorage, HutchinsonMS@ci.anchorage.ak.us Municipality, NAE Release Anchorage-Specific Data on New Americans’ Contributions to Local Economy ANCHORAGE, AK – Today at noon, Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz, First Lady Dr. Mara Kimmel, and AEDC President Bill Popp will host a “Lunchtime…

Reason for Reform Campaign Launches with New Data, 62 Events in All 50 States Calling for Immigration Reform

August 3, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 3, 2016 CONTACT Sarah Doolin Roy, sarah@renewoureconomy.org Reason for Reform Campaign Launches with New Data, 62 Events in All 50 States Calling for Immigration Reform Fifty-one new reports (every state plus Washington DC) make the economic case for immigration reform New digital tool allows users to make a video calling for…

Advancing the Pittsburgh Region

July 12, 2016

The Partnership for a New American Economy (PNAE) has released a research brief that highlights the economic and demographic contributions of immigrants in the Pittsburgh region. The brief shows that the 10-county Pittsburgh region’s 82,308 immigrant residents have a significant positive impact on southwestern Pennsylvania’s economy through high rates of workforce participation in key industries,…

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