Heartland Hungry For Engineers Beckons Foreign Graduates

July 18, 2012

Foreign-born engineers and scientists, long the prized recruits of companies in California’s Silicon Valley, are now increasingly finding a home in the U.S. Midwest.

A report released today by the Brookings Institution found that while the San Jose, California, metropolitan area still leads the nation in hiring skilled foreign workers on temporary visas, places such as Columbus, Indiana, and Bloomington, Illinois, are also becoming centers of activity for foreign-born employees hired under the H-1B program.

The study highlights the nation’s growing reliance upon workers from overseas to fill positions in science, technology and engineering. Just 4 percent of the world’s undergraduate degrees in engineering are awarded in the U.S., it said.

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