Research Initiative: Immigrant Essential Workers of the Pandemic

The ILC Public Education Institute is conducting a research project on immigrant essential workers in the health care and food industries during the COVID-19 pandemic. Immigrants play a crucial role in both of these fields, which have been key to getting us through this crisis. Foreign-born workers account for more than one in four direct care medical workers and food supply chain workers in Massachusetts, two of the positions most at risk during a pandemic. The Immigrant Learning Center is interviewing these essential workers, gathering their stories, collating statistics and sharing our findings.

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To learn more about immigrant essential workers in Massachusetts and across the country, check out our presentations on their contributions:

Immigrants contribute to many essential industries, including transportation, construction, sanitation and more. Learn the stats and discover their stories.

Learn more about how immigrant essential workers have specifically contributed in the food and health care sectors. We feature three immigrants and refugees who have led in their fields during this crisis.

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