* Virginia Refugee Data includes all refugee eligible populations being served by a Refugee Resettlement Provider currently under contract with the Virginia Department of Social Services (VDSS), Office of Newcomer Services (ONS). Data source: Virginia Newcomer Information Systems
*Data source: Virginia Newcomer Information Systems
Building, Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance28.4%
Construction & Extraction25.1%
Computer & Math Sciences23.6%
*Top % share of the immigrant labor force in Virginia. Data source: American Immigration Council: Immigrants in Virginia.
*Data source: New American Economy: Immigrants in Virginia
*Data source: Office of Refugee Resettlement
*Data not available
- 18.9%Less than High School
- 37.1%High School & Some College
- 23.0%Bachelor's Degree
- 21.0%Graduate Degree
February 13, 2021
How does a refugee move forward in a new country? How do they bridge the gaps they face that are necessary for integration into a new place? Most importantly, how do they learn the language fast enough to get a job and be productive in their communities? One ESL program in Virginia's southeast region targeting mothers and children conducts classes over Zoom, offering both language skills and a sense of community for women who are often more isolated.