Thursday, April 29, 2010
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
"The United States provides refuge to persons who have been persecuted or have a well-founded fear of persecution through two programs: one for refugees (persons outside the U.S.) and one for asylees (persons in the U.S.). This Office of Immigration Statistics Annual Flow Report provides information on the number of persons admitted to the United States as refugees or granted asylum in the United States in 2009. A total of 74,602 persons were admitted to the United States as refugees during 2009. The leading countries of nationality for refugees were Iraq, Burma, and Bhutan. During 2009, 22,119 individuals were granted asylum, including 11,933 who were granted asylum affirmatively by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and 10,186 who were granted asylum defensively by an immigration judge during removal proceedings. The leading countries of nationality for persons granted asylum were China, Ethiopia, and Haiti."
Friday, April 23, 2010
According to the report, about 28.4 million households, or 24 percent of the U.S. total, received means-tested benefits — either cash or noncash — in an average month during the quarter. Medicaid (21.1 million), free or reduced-price school meals (11.5 million) and food stamps (9.3 million) were the most widely received such benefits. (Means-tested programs are those that provide cash or services to people who meet a test of need based on income and assets.) However, it was two non-means-tested programs, Social Security and Medicare, that affected the largest number of households, with 33.6 million receiving Social Security or Railroad Retirement benefits and 30.8 million receiving benefits from Medicare. Read more..
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
WASHINGTON, DC, April 21, 2010 – A new guide designed to help employers improve the delivery of child and adolescent behavioral services, and provide services for family caregivers, was officially released today by the National Business Group on Health, a national non-profit organization representing more than 280 mostly large, U.S. employers.
"Like other chronic health issues, the effects of child and adolescent mental health disorders can be far reaching for those affected, their caregivers and the workplace,” said
Friday, April 16, 2010
According to a new analysis of census data, more than half of the working immigrants in this metropolitan area hold higher-paying white-collar jobs — as professionals, technicians or administrators — rather than lower-paying blue-collar and service jobs.
Among American cities, St. Louis is not an exception, the data show. In 14 of the 25 largest metropolitan areas, including Boston, New York and San Francisco, more immigrants are employed in white-collar occupations than in lower-wage work like construction, manufacturing or cleaning.