The impact of the Great Recession on metropolitan immigration trends

Title: The impact of the Great Recession on metropolitan immigration trends

Author: Singer, Audrey and Wilson, Jill H.

Publication: Metropolitan Policy Program at Brookings, State of Metropolitan America  Series – Immigration

Date: 2010

Description:  This report analyzes national and metropolitan immigration trends in the U.S.  during the Great Recession of 2007 – 2009. The table in the appendix includes statistics on Worcester, MA.

Keywords: immigration trends, recession

Cataloged By: Selina Sikder / B.J. Perkins

Potential demands for local agricultural products by mobile markets, Worcester, MA

Title: Potential demands for local agricultural products by mobile markets, Worcester, MA

Author: Reznickova, Alice and Zepeda, Lydia

Publication: Cooperative Agreement no. 14-TMXXX-WI-0033, Funded by USDA Agricultural Marketing Service

Date: 2016

Description:  This report examines the extent to which mobile markets increase the sales of local farmers and improve access to fresh produce in Worcester, MA. To conduct their study, the authors conducted in-depth, semi-structured interviews with nine farmers and organizations in the area including the Regional Environmental Council, the Worcester County Food Bank, and refugee farmers.

Keywords: refugee farmers, community supported agriculture, urban agriculture

Cataloged By: B.J. Perkins

The foreign-born population of Worcester, Massachusetts: Assessing the challenges and contributions of a diverse community

Title: The foreign-born population of Worcester, Massachusetts: Assessing the challenges and contributions of a diverse community

Author: Goodman, Michael D.; Borges,  David R.; McCarthy, Michael P. ;  Wright, Jason D. ; Mattos, Trevor V.; Foster, Jawanza ; Citino, Christina and Fenton, Molly

Publication:  Prepared by the Public Policy Center at UMass Dartmouth and the UMass Donahue Institute for the Seven Hills Foundation.

Date: 2015

Description:  This report offers a profile of Worcester’s foreign-born population and points out their unique challenges and contributions to the city. It utilizes data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s 5-year 2009-2013 American Community Survey (ACS) and Public Use Microdata Sample (PUMS). In order to provide a broader context for the profile, qualitative interviews with four Worcester based service providers were conducted. The report also provides an analysis of the impact the children of the foreign-born have on the public education system.

Keywords: census data, education

Cataloged By: Selina Sikder / B.J. Perkins

Geographic characteristics of resettled refugee populations in Worcester, MA, FFY09

Title: Geographic characteristics of resettled refugee populations in Worcester, MA, FFY09

Author: Cuba, Nicholas (Graduate School of Geography and Department of International Development, Community and Environment, Clark University.)  

Date: 2010

Description:  This study uses GIS and spatial statistics to explore the impact of the location of refugee apartments in Worcester on other important aspects of their lives during their first months as refugees in America. These other important elements of refugee resettlement include refugee community formation, access to health care, public transportation and jobs. Data used in the study was collected by Lutheran Social Services of New England (LSSNE) from October 2008 to September 2009 for Worcester, MA.

Keywords: resettlement, GIS, spatial statistics

Cataloged By: Selina Sikder / B.J. Perkins

Understanding refugees in Worcester, MA: A demographic snapshot

Title: Understanding refugees in Worcester, MA: A demographic snapshot

Author: Fábos, Anita; Pilgrim, Maya; Said-Ali, Muinate; Krahe, Joseph and Ostiller, Zack

Publisher: Mosakowski Institute for Public Enterprise, Clark University

Date: 2015

Description: Mosakowski Institute for Public Enterprise, Paper 32

This paper examines data available through the US Census Bureau from the decennial and intercensus American Community Survey (ACS) to provide information concerning the current status of refugees in Worcester MA. It also utilizes city datasets related to education, employment and housing. Findings of this paper indicate that the number of refugees and asylees arriving in Worcester doubled during a five year period from 2007 – 2012.

http://commons.clarku.edu/mosakowskiinstitute/32/

Keywords: refugees, Massachusetts, census data, demographics

Cataloged by: Michelle Sigiel / B. J. Perkins

Report on a meeting: Iraqi refugees in Worcester, April 28, 2012

Title: Report on a meeting: Iraqi refugees in Worcester, April 28, 2012

Author: Ford, Richard

Publisher: Department of International Development, Community, and Environment (IDCE), Clark University

Date: 2012

Description: Results of a community planning workshop held at Clark University on April 28, 2012.

This report provides background on the experiences of Iraqi refugees who came to the United States and resettled in Worcester, MA. The report explains the aims of the workshop, comments on the stories shared by the Iraqis who attended concerning their hardships, frustrations, needs, accomplishments and hopes. It concludes with the next steps decided upon by the group which include more meetings and the formation of a steering committee.

Keywords: refugees, Iraqi, community planning

Cataloged by:  Michelle Sigiel / B. J. Perkins

The long trek from Bhutan to America: A journey from the foothills of the Himalayas to Concord, New Hampshire

Title: The long trek from Bhutan to America: A journey from the foothills of the Himalayas to Concord, New Hampshire

Authors: Ford, Richard in collaboration with Aparna Nepal, Sheela Pradhan, Mohan Sunuwar, Nimesh Dhungana, Douglas Hall, and a group of graduate students from Clark University

Publisher: Department of International Development, Community, and Environment, Clark University

Date: 2010

Description:  A report and recommendations from a planning workshop held on March 26-27, 2010

This report begins with background material describing the immigration of refugees from Bhutan to New Hampshire, mainly Concord, Laconia, and Manchester and the trauma they experienced while in refugee camps in Nepal. The report then discusses the aims of the workshop, the workshop itself and the recommendations for next steps decided on by the participants.  Members of the Department of International Development, Community, and Environment at Clark University conducted this workshop to assist the Bhutanese refugee communities in Concord and Manchester, N.H. to assess their highest priority needs and identity possible solutions by using participatory planning techniques. It includes data in the form of maps and charts collected from Bhutanese participants identifying locations in their cities that they value in an effort to assess what their needs might be on a community-wide basis.

Keywords: refugees, Bhutan, New Hampshire, participatory planning

Cataloged by:  Michelle Sigiel / B. J. Perkins

Becoming American: Building solidarity from within the Bhutanese community of Worcester

Title: Becoming American: Building solidarity from within the Bhutanese community of Worcester

Authors: Ford, Richard in collaboration with Hari Dhakal, Madhu Ghimire, Lalit Mishra, Purna Neupane, Purna Rai, Sheela Pradhan, Mohan Sunuwar and a group of graduate students from Clark University.

Publisher: Department of International Development, Community, and Environment (IDCE), Clark University

Date: 2010

Description:  A report and recommendations from a planning workshop held on December 4-5, 2010

The report provides background information about the Bhutanese refugees who have resettled in Worcester, MA. The report then discusses the aims of the workshop, the workshop itself and the recommendations for next steps decided on by the participants. Members of the Department of International Development, Community and Environment at Clark University conducted this workshop to assist the Bhutanese refugee community in Worcester to assess their highest priority needs and identify possible solutions using participatory planning techniques. The report includes maps and charts summarizing the needs outlined by the community to make it more self-sufficient and cohesive.

Keywords: refugees, Bhutan, participatory planning

Cataloged by:  Michelle Sigiel / B. J. Perkins