'Brain Waste' Thwarts Immigrants' Career Dreams

By: AP
By: AP

Since she has moved to the United States, her resume includes jobs as sales clerk, babysitter, and medical assistant.

The 34-year-old woman's situation reflects a trend that some researchers call "brain waste."

The term refers to immigrants who were skilled professionals in their own countries, but can't find work in the U.S. that makes full use of their education or training.

The Migration Policy Institute, an immigration think tank, estimates that 1.2 million college-educated immigrants in the United States were underemployed, out of a population of 6.7 million.

About another 350,000 were unemployed.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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