Unlocking Skills: Successful Initiatives for Integrating Foreign-Trained Immigrant Professionals

This report explores a range of frontline programs and policy reforms that are providing cutting-edge career navigation, relicensing, gap filling, and job search assistance for foreign-trained professionals in a wide range of occupations. It also examines different state policy and licensing contexts that affect these highly skilled individuals, with a focus on the dense thicket of state laws and regulations that slow or prevent qualified individuals from practicing in a wide range of occupations. After identifying key challenges facing those working to end skill underutilization (also known as “brain waste”) for highly skilled immigrants educated abroad, the report offers a number of recommendations.

McHugh M., Morawski M. (2017). Report, Migration Policy Institute. Available here