May 30, 2019. Chad Stewart, of the Commonwealth Institute located in Virginia, was featured in a radio interview on Virginia’s Public Radio, Radio IQ. He discussed how the Trump Administration’s immigration policies have effected the number of refugees in Virginia and its economy. He stated that the number of refugee placements in Virginia was between 1,200 to 1,600 a year between 2008 and 2016, but is estimated to be less than 300 for this year.
The number of refugee placements has declined dramatically since President Trump took office. And, that has an impact on economies across Virginia.
This week, a new study from the Fiscal Policy Institute and the Tent Foundation concluded that refugees have greater retention rates in hard-to-staff jobs, things like meat packing and hotel accommodations. As a result, they save employers on retraining. But those benefits are slipping away as the number of refugee placements continues to draw down.
Here is the link to Radio IQ.