Leaving Money on the Table
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Leaving Money on the Table

The Persistence of Brain Waste among College-Educated Immigrants

Posted: June 8, 2021
Author(s): Jeanne Batalova, Michael Fix
Organization(s): Migration Policy Institute

With rising job vacancies and a workforce and society that are aging, the United States already has a reservoir of human capital that is not fully tapped: The millions of U.S.-born and immigrant college graduates who are in jobs requiring no more than a high school credential or who are unemployed. This human capital, if well leveraged, could bring important benefits to the U.S. economy, local communities, and the workers themselves.