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Refugee Employment in an Economic Downturn: The Utah Case

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Approximately 70,000 refugees from around the world are resettled in the United States every year. The two primary goals of receiving states and resettlement agencies are acculturation and refugee self-sufficiency. Unfortunately, refugees face unique barriers that make self-sufficiency especially difficult to achieve. However, this issue has been understudied, in part due to the disparate methods of resettlement administration used across the nation. This project seeks to understand the factors affecting the employment component of self-sufficiency. It uses data collected on official forms used by the Refugee and Immigrant Center of Utah. The data documents individual characteristics and the employment assistance provided to nearly than 4,000 refugees over a 10-year period. Preliminary analyses use event history analysis to examine the "hazard" of obtaining employment and a livable wage while controlling for known barriers. This project will examine gender differences, English language skill, cultural barriers, family structure, training programs, and other factors for their influence on the time it takes for a refugee to obtain a first job and the time it takes to obtain a living wage.
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Young, Yvette. "Refugee Employment in an Economic Downturn: The Utah Case" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Pacific Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Marriott Downtown Waterfront, Portland, Oregon, Mar 27, 2014 <Not Available>. 2014-12-10 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p708208_index.html>

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Young, Y. , 2014-03-27 "Refugee Employment in an Economic Downturn: The Utah Case" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Pacific Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Marriott Downtown Waterfront, Portland, Oregon <Not Available>. 2014-12-10 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p708208_index.html

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Abstract: Approximately 70,000 refugees from around the world are resettled in the United States every year. The two primary goals of receiving states and resettlement agencies are acculturation and refugee self-sufficiency. Unfortunately, refugees face unique barriers that make self-sufficiency especially difficult to achieve. However, this issue has been understudied, in part due to the disparate methods of resettlement administration used across the nation. This project seeks to understand the factors affecting the employment component of self-sufficiency. It uses data collected on official forms used by the Refugee and Immigrant Center of Utah. The data documents individual characteristics and the employment assistance provided to nearly than 4,000 refugees over a 10-year period. Preliminary analyses use event history analysis to examine the "hazard" of obtaining employment and a livable wage while controlling for known barriers. This project will examine gender differences, English language skill, cultural barriers, family structure, training programs, and other factors for their influence on the time it takes for a refugee to obtain a first job and the time it takes to obtain a living wage.


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