Immigrant Integration: New Perspectives from the OECD and the United States
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) invited interested stakeholders to participate in a stakeholder event on Friday, August 28, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. (Eastern) titled “Immigrant Integration: New Perspectives from the OECD and the United States”. Jean-Christophe Dumont, Head of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development’s (OECD) International Migration Division Directorate for Employment, Labor, and Social Affairs, delivered the keynote address. He provided an overview of the OECD’s recently released report, “Indicators of Immigrant Integration 2015: Settling In”. Dr. Dumont’s presentation compared the U.S. to other OECD countries in several areas of immigrant integration, including level of education, literacy skills, language spoken at home, and employment rate.
Following the keynote address, USCIS moderated a panel discussion on immigrant integration. Panelists included Felicia Escobar, White House Domestic Policy Council, Special Assistant to the President for Immigration Policy, and Yana Cascioffe, Baltimore City Community College, Citizenship Program Coordinator. Ms. Escobar provided an overview of the Task Force on New Americans, and Ms. Cascioffe spoke about the college’s Citizenship Program and how it assists students with meeting integration challenges.