July 28, 2017. This article discusses the “canners” in New York City, — people who look through residential trash among the luxury apartment buildings for bottles or cans to redeem for 5 cents each. Sure We Can, a non-profit bottle redemption center, has helped elevate canning socially and has helped spread money among a community with limited resources. David Dyssegaard Kallick, FPI’s Deputy Director and Director of Immigration Research, was quoted discussing the effects that living in New York and low English Speaking ability has on immigrant’s and their employment.
According to David Dyssegaard Kallick, director of the Immigration Research Initiative at New York’s Fiscal Policy Institute, although the city’s economy is much improved from the recession of 2008, the number of “good jobs” offering room for growth are still in short supply.
“New York City has this extraordinarily polarized economy, so that you have in fact, at the moment, a relatively decent number of jobs, but they’re very divided between low-wage jobs that don’t have a whole lot of possibility for advancement and high-wage jobs that are few and far between,” Kallick said in an interview.
For immigrants — a group that comprises 37% of New York City’s population, half of its labor force and more than half of its business owners — the high levels of competition for those low-wage jobs can be a major barrier to entry, particularly for those who don’t speak English, Kallick said.
“You have this very diverse and robust economy among immigrants where I think there are opportunities for people to work even if they don’t speak English well, but of course, as anywhere, your chances for getting a job are much more limited if you don’t speak good English,” he said.
Here is the link to the Mic.