2019 Annual Graduate Student Symposium

Title

English Language Learners of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania: A Needs Assessment of the Immigrant and Refugee Population of the Greater Pittsburgh Area

Presentation Type

Oral Presentation

Keywords

Refugees--Pennsylvania--Pittsburgh Region--Education; Immigrants--Pennsylvania--Pittsburgh Region--Education; English language--Study and teaching--Foreign speakers;

Abstract

As with the rest of the country, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania has seen a recent increase in the number of migrant, refugee and immigrants residents. According to the Allegheny Department of Human Services, that while the proportion of foreign-born residents to the total population in 2011 (4.7 percent) still remains well below the national average (12.8 percent), it has risen significantly since the 2000 U.S. Census when it was only 3.8 percent. The trend will only increase as more of the world’s population continues to migrate as they become displaced from their homes due to violence, poverty or lack of jobs. The trend of increased refugee resettlement in Pittsburgh is predicted to continue, as refugee resettlement agencies in the area anticipate receiving more people in the near future. This paper will present a needs analysis for immigrant services in the city of Pittsburgh and the greater Allegheny County, Pennsylvania based upon information that is presented by Department of Human Services and the local school systems. As with all cities in the United States, Pittsburgh needs to provide adequate services to the unique needs of these new residents. This paper will identify areas for improvement and make suggestions as to how to best help the city and county integrate, educate, and serve these new residents, their families and children. These ideas can benefit other communities throughout the country with similar demography.

Start Date

3-4-2019 12:00 PM

End Date

3-4-2019 2:00 AM

Faculty Advisor

Dr. Joyce Milambiling

Department

Department of Languages and Literatures

File Format

application/pdf

Embargo Date

4-17-2019

Electronic copy is not available through UNI ScholarWorks.

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English Language Learners of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania: A Needs Assessment of the Immigrant and Refugee Population of the Greater Pittsburgh Area

As with the rest of the country, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania has seen a recent increase in the number of migrant, refugee and immigrants residents. According to the Allegheny Department of Human Services, that while the proportion of foreign-born residents to the total population in 2011 (4.7 percent) still remains well below the national average (12.8 percent), it has risen significantly since the 2000 U.S. Census when it was only 3.8 percent. The trend will only increase as more of the world’s population continues to migrate as they become displaced from their homes due to violence, poverty or lack of jobs. The trend of increased refugee resettlement in Pittsburgh is predicted to continue, as refugee resettlement agencies in the area anticipate receiving more people in the near future. This paper will present a needs analysis for immigrant services in the city of Pittsburgh and the greater Allegheny County, Pennsylvania based upon information that is presented by Department of Human Services and the local school systems. As with all cities in the United States, Pittsburgh needs to provide adequate services to the unique needs of these new residents. This paper will identify areas for improvement and make suggestions as to how to best help the city and county integrate, educate, and serve these new residents, their families and children. These ideas can benefit other communities throughout the country with similar demography.