Research Report Immigrants and TANF
A Look at Immigrant Welfare Recipients in Three Cities
Karen C. Tumlin, Wendy Zimmermann
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Key findings, based on case studies of New York, Los Angeles, and Houston, show that: immigrants and limited English speakers make up a significant share of those on welfare; many have significant barriers to work including less education and work history than natives; and immigrants on welfare are less likely to be working and more likely to be working in dead-end jobs. Job training programs often have English language requirements, limiting immigrants' access. The authors conclude that combining part-time work and language training can help immigrant welfare recipients move into jobs and off the welfare rolls.
Research Areas Social safety net Immigrants and immigration
Tags Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Welfare and safety net programs Immigrant access to the safety net Immigrant children, families, and communities Immigrant communities demographics and trends Federal, state, and local immigration and integration policy