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Tuesday, September 26, 2017 - 10:30

Upwardly Global

United States
2030 Agenda migration-relevant and related target Labels: 
Targets that contribute to employment or employment creation
GCM Thematic Cluster Areas: 
Irregular migration and regular pathways
Private Sector and Public-Private Partnership, Recognition of skills and qualifications, Recruitment

Upwardly Global in the USA works to equip migrants to work in their fields of training. They provide guidance and assistance to navigating certification processes in 5 states and 11 occupations. This organization can be seen as an example to be expanded and replicated. 

Today there are more than 1.8 million immigrants in the U.S. who are college-educated but are unemployed or significantly underemployed. In their home countries they were engineers, doctors, scientists, accountants, and nonprofit professionals. In the U.S. they become cashiers, nannies, and cab drivers, if employed at all.

To solve this problem Upwardly Global creates employer partnerships that benefit from access to this talent pool. They also provide customized training and support for these new Americans to give them an equal opportunity to find and secure skill appropriate opportunities and achieve their full economic potential in the U.S. The outcome is global talent for employers, culturally competent service providers for diverse communities, and family sustaining incomes for those who were previously unemployed or underemployed

GFMD Source: 

GFMD 2017 Summit - Business Mechanism Report "Toward a Global Compact on Migration: Perspectives on Labour Migration from the GFMD Business Mechanism"