USA: Businesses & migrant organisations partner to help war refugees find work & start new life in Chicago

Author: Deb Amos, OPB (USA), Published on: 3 January 2017

"Refugees Resettled In Chicago Help Make Its Most Famous Cheesecake", 3 Jan 2016

In Chicago, war refugees have a hand in the city’s most famous handmade cheesecake. “People who come as refugees have great skills,” says Marc Schulman, the president of Eli’s Cheesecake, which has sold cheesecakes and other baked desserts since 1980. One-third of adult refugees arriving in the U.S. have college degrees, according to the Migration Policy Institute in Washington, a think tank that tracks the movement of people worldwide. And refugee employment is a successful model for finding skilled workers for a food business that has become high tech, says Schulman... Schulman’s hiring strategy is used at other well-known companies in Chicago, including Tyson Foods and Trump International Hotel & Tower...Employers have “awakened to the potential of refugees,” says Kathleen Newland, at the Migration Policy Institute. That’s because they are hardworking and loyal and tend to stay on the job longer than American-born workers, she says...

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