Credentials for the Future
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Credentials for the Future

Mapping the Potential for Immigrant-Origin Adults in the United States

Posted: March 7, 2019
Author(s): Jeanne Batalova, Michael Fix
Organization(s): Migration Policy Institute

This report offers a first-of-its-kind profile of immigrant-origin adults without postsecondary credentials, including a look at key sociodemographic characteristics, geographic distribution, and factors such as English proficiency and legal status that can affect their access to workforce programs. It also considers the labor-market returns of non-degree credentials, finding that immigrant-origin adults who hold such certifications or licenses have higher rates of labor-market participation, higher wages, and lower unemployment than counterparts who lack them.