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Clampdown Clips Refugee Hires

By Aysha Ashley Househ

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s immigration issues swirl around businesses seeking to hire foreign talent, a new guide published by the Tent Foundation still touts the benefits of hiring refugees.

The “U.S. Employers’ Guide to Hiring Refugees” highlights the positive aspects businesses reap when hiring refugees. Diversity tops the list of what refugees bring to the workplace, according to Gideon Maltz, executive director of Tent Foundation, a nonprofit organization that works with businesses to help them integrate refugee workers.

“A more diverse workforce fosters new ideas and innovations, which is necessary in our more competitive, global market,” Maltz said.

Finding those refugee workers poses a challenge, based on recent statistics.

A recent report in the San Diego Union-Tribune indicated the number of refugees entering San Diego has declined significantly following the Trump administration’s restriction on the refugee resettlement program. According to the Refugee Processing Center, as of February, San Diego has settled 40 refugees, compared to more than 1,100 the same time last year. That reflects national numbers, too. This year 6,708 refugees have been settled, compared to 32,448 last year, statistics show. According to its website, the Refugee Processing Center is operated by the U.S Department of State Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration in Arlington, Virginia.

“Eighty-five percent of respondents say the U.S immigration program policies have impacted their ability to hire,” said Richard Burke, CEO of Envoy Global, an enterprise platform that works with companies to make the hiring and managing process of a global workforce easier.

The guide focuses on entry-level positions in industries such as manufacturing and service, according to Maltz.