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How Is COVID-19 Impacting International Higher Education in the United States?

(July, 2020)

To understand the potential impact of the coronavirus on U.S. international higher education, WES Research surveyed prospective international and immigrant students interested in studying in the U.S.; and U.S. higher education professionals who work in various areas, such as admissions and student services, to support international and immigrant students. This report is based on the survey responses of 615 prospective international and immigrant students and 199 higher education professionals.


Who Is Succeeding in the Canadian Labour Market? Predictors of Career Success for Skilled Immigrants (2019)

(December, 2019)

This report examines the demographic characteristics of skilled immigrants as well as their experience and education, and how these factors affect their labour market outcomes. It is intended to inform Canadian policy and practice with respect to skilled immigrants, and to increase awareness among prospective immigrants of the factors that are associated with labour force success.


Beyond Academic Credentials—Toward Competency-Informed Hiring

(November, 2019)

This paper focuses on the potential of competency assessment to support the long-term growth of the labour market by facilitating the appropriate employment of skilled immigrants. A competency-informed approach involves looking holistically at an individual’s ability to apply knowledge and skills with appropriate judgment in a defined setting.


Can Immigrant Professionals Help Reduce Teacher Shortages in the U.S.?

(November, 2018)

This report explores the role that immigrant and refugee professionals can play in addressing these urgent shortages – and increasing the diversity of the teacher workforce – through alternative teacher certification programs that tap into these newcomers’ training, skills, and professional experience. The report looks at developing initiatives in several states and cities as well as relevant federal policies. It also offers wide-ranging recommendations for promising program and policy models, and how local, state, and national education stakeholders can work together to leverage the unique assets that immigrant professionals bring to addressing the needs of schools and students across the U.S.


A Way Forward for Refugees: Findings from the WES Pilot Project

(May, 2018)

When WES launched a pilot project in 2016 to assess the credentials of Syrian refugees to Canada, millions of people had already fled conflicts in nations around the world. They had streamed across borders throughout Europe and the Middle East, creating an unprecedented wave of displaced people in distress. Between November 2015 and February 2016, the Government of Canada settled more than 26,000 Syrians from Lebanon, Jordan, and Turkey. By June 2017, almost 47,000 had arrived in Canada – to a sustained outpouring of public support. This report describes how World Education Services has begun to help those with post-secondary qualifications take their next steps toward integration.


Untapped Talent: The Economic Costs of Brain Waste Among Highly Skilled Immigrants in the United States

(December, 2016)

The United States has long attracted some of the world’s best and brightest, drawn by the strong U.S. economy, renowned universities, and reputation for entrepreneurship and innovation. But because of language, credential-recognition, and other barriers many of these highly skilled, college-educated immigrants cannot fully contribute their academic and professional training and skills once in the U.S. As a result they work in low-skilled jobs or cannot find a job — a phenomenon known as brain waste.

World Education Services (WES), New American Economy (NAE), and Migration Policy Institute (MPI) present the key findings from the first-ever U.S. estimates of the economic costs of this skill under-utilization for immigrants, their families, and the U.S. economy.


Syria Educational Profile: A Guide to Grade Equivalencies Between Canada and Syria

(January, 2016)

Syrian families have arrived in communities across Canada, and will continue to arrive in the coming years. Families will need to enroll their children in Canadian schools, and schools will want to place them at the appropriate level.

This educational country profile intends to assist practitioners in education understand the structure of the educational system in Syria. It identifies the programs of study at the elementary and secondary levels, and how the grading system compares with Ontario.


Steps to Success: Integrating Immigrant Professionals in the United States

(September, 2015)

How can communities unlock the full potential of immigrant professionals within their workforce? Which factors have influenced the economic success of foreign-educated immigrants in the U.S.? This report details the results of a groundbreaking study on the experiences of immigrant professionals, and offers recommendations for more fully utilizing their talents and training.

WES Global Talent Bridge and IMPRINT created this report from a survey of immigrant professionals in six U.S. cities, identifying the factors that correlate with their successful integration into our communities.


Considering Canada: A Look at the Views of Prospective Skilled Immigrants

(May, 2015)

Canada’s immigration system is changing so rapidly that public data and evaluation research on recent immigrants to the country are sparse. Timely information on the demographics, motivations, expectations, and needs of immigrants – both before and after they arrive in Canada – can support a more coordinated settlement sector and lead to more successful immigrant outcomes.