Study: Refugees Stay In Manufacturing Jobs Longer Than Other Employees

May 29, 2018. This article featured in Forbes, discusses FPI and the Tent Foundation’s new report, “Refugees as Employees: Good Retention, Strong Recruitment,” which found that refugees have higher retention rates than other employees, especially in high turnover industries such as manufacturing. The article goes on to discuss the pledges that many global companies have made to hire refugees, including Hamdi Ulukaya, founder of Chobani and the Tent Foundation.

Refugees in the United States, some 15% of whom work in manufacturing jobs, stay in those jobs longer than do other employees, according to a new study by the Fiscal Policy Institute.

The report, commissioned by Tent — the non-profit founded by Chobani yogurt billionaire Hamdi Ulukaya to help businesses support refugees — studied employment trends in four areas that are major sites of refugee resettlement. Those areas were Atlanta, Phoenix, upstate New York and central Nebraska.

The study found that the average turnover rate for refugees at manufacturing companies was just 4%, far below the 11% for all employees. Across industries, 73% of the employers surveyed reported a higher retention rate for refugees than for other employees.

Here is the link to Forbes.

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