Every year, hundreds of new Americans leave everything behind, arriving in Idaho with advanced degrees, English language skills and successful but interrupted careers – as engineers, doctors, nurses, teachers, accountants, and scientists. Too often, these skilled professionals face enormous barriers in continuing their careers once in Idaho. Instead, they end up significantly underemployed in low-wage jobs, their skills and talents left untapped. To date, the Idaho Office for Refugees and Idaho’s refugee resettlement agencies have created strong systems for finding first jobs for newly-arrived refugees, but these have largely been in low wage placements. In 2012-2013, Idaho refugees in full-time positions (typically high-skilled candidates) earned an averageRead More →