Worcester, Massachusetts serves as the entry point to America for more refugees than any other municipality in Massachusetts, with more than 2,000 refugees settling there between 2007 and 2012. However, there has been a lack of information about how the livelihoods and experiences of refugees differ from those of the foreign-born population. This report uses data from the U.S. Census Bureau and the Bureau of Population, Refugee, and Migration to present a snapshot of the social, educational, and economic status of refugees in Worcester and identifies several areas for future data and research needs relating to refugee resettlement both in Worcester and elsewhere. Findings include a higher rate of employment among the foreign-born community than the native counterpart, and rates of English competency below the state average for immigrants in Worcester.
Fábos, Anita; Pilgrim, Maya; Said-Ali, Muinate; Krahe, Joseph; and Ostiller, Zack, "Understanding Refugees in Worcester, MA" (2015). Mosakowski Institute for Public Enterprise. 32.
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