Untapped Talent: The Economic Costs of Brain Waste in the U.S.

Many college-educated immigrants are working in low-skilled jobs or are unemployed, leading to a phenomenon known as “brain waste.” The United States, with its strong economy, renowned universities, and reputation for entrepreneurship and innovation, has long attracted some of the world’s best and brightest.

Upskilling the New American Workforce

Creating opportunities for immigrants to build their skills and meet the demand for middle-skill jobs is a process that can be undertaken by a variety of actors, including workforce development agencies, adult education providers, postsecondary institutions, and immigrant advocacy organizations.