2018

New Wave of Refugee Research: An Emerging Consensus

July 30, 2018. For many decades, refugees were not at the center of attention in immigration debates. Refugee resettlement was viewed as a duty to the United States that we handled quietly and with pride. There were debates about how to handle border enforcement, interior enforcement, visas for farm workers, visas for high-skilled workers, and of course constant wrestling about a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants. Refugee resettlement, never a big share of overall immigration, was seen as a … (read more)

Brief: New York State’s Continuing Tax Reform: governor’s unincorporated business income tax proposal

July 16, 2018.The State of New York continues to evaluate possible adjustments to its tax system in response to the federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (TCJA). Governor Cuomo proposed the idea of a statewide unincorporated business income tax (UBT) in early 2018. Perhaps due to the complexity involved, the UBT did not make it into the state budget package along with the other response measures: a payroll tax workaround, decoupling of rules for itemized deductions and … (read more)

Migrants, Manufacturing and Loyalty

June 5, 2018. In this op-ed by John Sprovieri, he tells the story of his four grandparents that came to the U.S. from Europe, who were poor and lacked education and skills. He goes on to highlight that nine of their 12 grandchildren have went to college, own their own homes, working to put their own kids through college and one is even a multimillionaire. He argues that his grandparents didn’t come to the U.S. looking for handouts, rather to … (read more)

Employment Value of Refugees

July 2, 2018. FPI’s Deputy Director and Director of the Immigration Research Initiative, David Dyssegaard Kallick, was interviewed on CBC News where he discussed the findings of FPI’s and the Tent Partnership for Refugees’ co-released report, “Refugees as Employees: Good Retention, Strong Recruitment.” Kallick commented on the lower turnover rates for refugee employees, recruitment advantages for employers and better management skills for manager in firms that make an effort, sometimes minimal, to integrate refugees. CBC is a Canadian … (read more)

Brief- Ranked Choice Voting: Saving Money While Improving Elections

Ranked Choice Voting: Saving Money While Improving Elections

June 28, 2018. The New York City Charter Review Commission is currently reviewing several proposals for changes to the charter. The proposal for ranked choice voting, also known as instant runoff voting, has garnered a good deal of enthusiasm around the city, but some questions have been raised about what the cost of such a system might be. The Fiscal Policy Institute examined this question, and our conclusion is that there would … (read more)

Brief: Strong Public Employees’ Unions in New York: Better Pay, Benefits, and Working Conditions for All 

June 27, 2018.

By: Brent Kramer, David Dyssegaard Kallick, and Jonas Shaende

The Supreme Court’s ruling today about public sector unions puts a significant new barrier in front of unions around the country. Traditionally, in New York—as in many other states—everyone covered by a union contract was required to pay either dues or an “agency fee” to support the union’s work on behalf of all employees. In the Janus decision, the Supreme Court ruled that public-sector employees can’t be compelled … (read more)

Hiring Refugees is An Opportunity for Canadian Businesses

June 25, 2018. This op-ed by FPI’s deputy director, David Dyssegaard Kallick and the Tent Foundation’s executive director, Gideon Maltz, discusses the research on refugees that was co-released by both organizations. They discuss the findings of their research which include higher retention rates for refugee employees and recruitment benefits for employers who integrate refugees into their workforce. They highlight that Canada is doing a good job hiring refugees and that they hope America’s experiences will motivate them to keep doing … (read more)

Refugees Can And Should Be Good Business For Everyone

June 21, 2018. In this op-ed, the author discusses the win-win for businesses and refugees when they are incorporated and supported in the workforce. The article discusses the return on investment that companies get from hiring refugees such as higher retention rates, expansion of their customer base, improvements to product development and the creation of new opportunities for business partnerships. The author acknowledges that refugees experience challenges to workforce integration such as obtaining a bank account and work permits and … (read more)

Atlanta-Based Amplio Recruiting Is Making Every Day World Refugee Day

June 19, 2018. A press release, featured in Payment Week, discusses Amplio Recruiting’s year-round mission to hire and recruit refugees for employers. World Refugee Day is June 20th and this press release highlights Amplio Recruiting’s efforts that are not limited to one day. The release goes on to discuss Amplio Recruiting’s successes that include helping 300 refugees find jobs in 2017 and contributing $35 thousand to programs that provide job training for refugees. Amplio Recruiting has a goal to help … (read more)

Why Hiring Refugees Is Good for Business

June 19, 2018. FPI’s policy analyst, Cyierra Roldan, and Deputy Director, David Dyssegaard Kallick, co-authored an article that was featured in Refugees Deeply, a platform of News Deeply. The article discusses their six month long research that included interviewing employers who hired refugees in Atlanta, Georgia, Phoenix, Arizona, upstate New York and central Nebraska. The research included three major findings. These findings were of the 29 employers interviewed, 73 percent reported a higher retention rate for refugees than … (read more)