Immigrants, Refugees, and Wisconsin’s Labor Shortage

According to the Bureau of Refugee Programs, there are approximately 200,000 immigrants and refugees working in Wisconsin. This influx has provided opportunities to various employers, as the state continues to face a profound labor shortage. While such arrangements may create unique onboarding challenges (e.g., language, culture), they need not be insurmountable.

Business Takeaway: While hiring immigrants or refugees may pose some short-term logistical challenges (e.g., language and translation), it also provides opportunities for both job seekers and employers—particularly in the case of some refugees, as a stable job may constitute a life-changing opportunity. Have you considered more actively pursuing refugee or immigrant employees?