New Paper Highlights Importance of Language Learning

Communications Associate

October 18, 2016

For Immigrants and Native English Speakers, Unique Approaches Offer Opportunities  

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A new paper, “Immigrants and the Importance of Language Learning for a Global Society,” addresses why language skills are key for immigrants to integrate successfully and contribute fully to our country.

The paper assesses relevant new cross-sector partnerships and focuses on benefits including economic self-sufficiency and contextualized skills training.

“American employers increasingly will rely on immigrant workers. Virtually all of the growth in the U.S. workforce over the next 40 years will come from immigrants and their children,” the paper reads. “It is essential, therefore, that we provide these workers with opportunities to reach their full potential in the workforce and gain the skills American employers will need.”

As our workforce and economy continue to globalize, native English speakers increasingly are embracing the benefits of knowing multiple languages as well, a subject the paper also touches on.

“Language learning is vital for new Americans to seek new possibilities and to work in our country to the best of their abilities,” said Ali Noorani, Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum. “We have seen leaders in the public, nonprofit and private sectors work together to create effective approaches for workers and employees across the nation.”

The paper is the third in a series that cultivates the Forum’s Immigration 2020 Agenda, which seeks to help new Americans gain the opportunities, skills and status they need to help our nation realize its full potential. Earlier papers addressed immigration reform and naturalization. The Forum will release additional papers ahead of Election Day.