An Evaluation of Lifetrack Services to Karen in Second Wave of Migration to Worthington, Minnesota

Between October 1998 and June 2010, 2,792 refugees from Burma, mostly via Thai refugee camps, arrived in Minnesota.

The combination of limited English proficiency plus a highly competitive job market has made finding full-time work difficult for refugees.

Innovative employment services for refugees looked beyond St. Paul, the Minnesota city where the majority of refugees from Burma first settle, to small towns where higher paying, full-time jobs are available to people with limited English proficiency.

Lifetrack Resources was one of the first employment agencies to place refugees in Worthington, Minnesota. This is a study of the views of seven refugees from Burma on their relocation to Worthington to obtain employment and the role of Lifetrack Resources in assisting with their moves.  

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