October 2, 2023
Albany, NY

Governor Hochul Announces 18,000 Jobs Available to Asylum Seekers and Migrants as Part of Statewide Initiative to Move Individuals Out of Shelter and Into Independent Living

Governor Hochul Announces 18,000 Jobs Available to Asylum Seekers and Migrants as Part of Statewide Initiative to Move Individuals Out of Shelter and Into Independent Living

New York State Department of Labor Working with Nearly 400 Employers to Identify Opportunities for Asylum Seekers and Migrants Who Have Obtained Work Authorizations

Governor Launches Public Awareness Campaign to Help Employers Find and Hire Asylum Seekers and Migrants to Fill Critical Roles Across New York State – Digital Flyer Available Here

Builds on Governor’s Ongoing Efforts to Address the Migrant Crisis in New York State

More Information Available Here

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Governor Kathy Hochul today announced the State has identified more than 18,000 job openings with nearly 400 employers who are willing to hire migrants and asylum seekers who have attained legal work status in the United States. This announcement comes just one month after Governor Hochul directed the New York State Department of Labor to begin connecting businesses with job openings to migrants and asylum seekers who have attained legal work status. The Governor has focused on securing legal work status for migrants and asylum seekers, including successfully pressuring the federal government to grant Temporary Protected Status to individuals from Venezuela, so these individuals can leave the shelter system and begin living independently.

"Migrants and asylum seekers came here to work -- so let's put them to work," Governor Hochul said. "Right now, we have a migrant crisis and a workforce crisis. By connecting work-eligible individuals with jobs and opportunity in New York, we can solve them both and secure a brighter future for all New Yorkers."

On August 24, Governor Hochul directed the New York State Department of Labor (NYSDOL) to conduct outreach to employers and determine which job openings could be filled with migrants and asylum seekers. This initiative has identified more than 18,000 private sector job openings at 379 companies who have identified roles that could be filled by individuals with legal work status. This includes job openings in accommodation and food services, healthcare and social assistance, manufacturing, and administrative support.

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Industry

Businesses

%

Accommodation / Food Services

90

24%

Healthcare / Social Assistance

79

21%

Manufacturing

38

10%

Administrative Support

29

8%

Other

27

7%

Construction

20

5%

Retail Trade

19

5%

Professional, Scientific and Business Services

15

4%

Arts / Entertainment / Recreation

12

3%

Education

12

3%

Wholesale Trade

12

3%

Transportation/Warehouse

7

2%

Waste Management

7

2%

Real Estate Rental and Leasing

6

2%

Finance

3

1%

Agriculture

1

<1%

Computer and Information Management

1

<1%

Public Administration

1

<1%

A breakdown by region is below.

Region

Job Count

Capital Region Jobs

523

Central Region Jobs

673

Finger Lakes Jobs

205

Hudson Valley Jobs

2,896

Long Island Jobs

1,294

Mohawk Valley Jobs

120

North Country Jobs

208

Southern Tier Jobs

98

Western Region Jobs

1,521

New York City Jobs

9,801

Other

1,084

Migrants and asylum seekers came here to work -- so let's put them to work."

Governor Kathy Hochul

Employers were identified through a portal where they could inform the State that they would welcome newly authorized individuals into their workforce. Separately, a registration process where asylum seekers and migrants with work authorization can register for assistance has been established. The New York State Department of Labor (NYSDOL) and a team of 70 State personnel representing 16 State agencies have since led a robust outreach effort to identify business needs and assess asylum seekers and migrants’ skills and expertise.

In addition, the Governor announced the start of a public awareness campaign to help more employers articulate their business needs and welcome asylum seekers and migrants with work authorizations into their workforce. NYSDOL will expand their outreach to employers via social media and digital channels and begin circulating a digital flyer, which direct employers to the Department’s intake form.

Governor Kathy Hochul Announces 18,000 Jobs Available to Asylum Seekers and Migrants as Part of Statewide Initiative to Move Individuals Out of Shelter and Into Independent Living

Responding to New York’s Migrant Crisis
Governor Hochul has identified work authorization as the path out of this crisis, allowing migrants and asylum seekers to leave taxpayer-funded shelters and begin living independently as generations of immigrants have done. After months of advocacy from Governor Hochul and a broad coalition of political, civic and business leaders, the White House announced plans to grant Temporary Protected Status to individuals who arrive in the United States from Venezuela on or before July 31, 2023; the City of New York estimates this will allow more than 15,000 Venezuelan individuals to attain legal work status within 30 days.

Additionally, the Governor has surged personnel and resources to case management, to help migrants and asylum seekers fill out the necessary paperwork to attain legal work status. This includes deploying 250 National Guard personnel assigned to full-time case management services, part of a deployment of more than 2,100 National Guard personnel to address this ongoing situation. The Governor has also deployed significant financial resources to support case management, including $20 million allocated to local nonprofits serving asylum seekers and migrants; $20 million to help New York City with a casework surge through NYC Health + Hospitals; $10 million for migrant legal services.

Governor Hochul has led a robust state response to this crisis. Overall, the State has committed $1.7 billion to support asylum seekers and migrants, including for shelter, transportation and social services; the State recently advanced $250 million to the City for these purposes. The State has also offered up multiple State-owned sites, such as the former Lincoln Correctional Facility in Manhattan and Building 197 at JFK Airport, to be used as shelters; the State is also covering the cost of multiple Humanitarian Emergency Response and Relief Centers (HERRCs) at Creedmoor Psychiatric Facility and on Randall's Island.

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