Washington State Immigrant and Refugee Conference

customlogo1Recent economic upheaval has resulted in job cuts, tightened purse-strings, clearance sales and a national non-farm unemployment rate of about 8.1 percent (the highest its been in 25 years. yikes). Recently laid-off Master’s degree holders from large companies like Microsoft and Boeing are having trouble finding work despite their experience and academic backgrounds. Now imagine what it would be like to be an immigrant or refugee in our dismal economic environment. The Bureau of Labor of statistics reported that unemployment rates in February read 8.1 percent for adult males, 6.7 percent for adult females, 7.3 percent for whites, 13.4 percent among blacks, and 10.9 percent among Hispanics. Additionally, events like last week’s fire in Rainier Beach highlight the necessity for the King county (the 2nd largest county in the nation of resettled immigrants and refuggees) to find more ways to serve the underserved.

March 13th & 14th, state officials, community leaders, advocates, academics, policy makers and service providers serving the immigrant and refugge population in the state of Washington will get together at the University of Washington for the annual Washington State Immigrant and Refugee Conference. The Conference will provide a series of workshops and lecture topics given by experts in the field to promote awareness of emerging immigrant and refugee issues. Participating organizations include the Somali Community Services Coaltion, UW school of Law, World Relief, International Rescue Committee, and many more. For more information on how to get involved, visit the conference website.

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