Since the Fall of Kabul in 2021, Afghan Newcomer Professionals Evacuated to the U.S. Projected to Contribute $646 Million in Earnings Per Year
Over a year ago, the U.S. withdrew from Afghanistan, marking the end of an over two-decade long military campaign against the Taliban in the region. Since the rollout of Operation Allies Welcome, a relief effort by the Biden administration to provide housing and employment support to Afghan refugees, an estimated 80,000 Afghan newcomers have been welcomed into the U.S. Afghans have the potential to make significant contributions to the U.S. economy, addressing labor shortages in key industries, and investing in local communities. Today, Upwardly Global is excited to release new data highlighting the potential economic contributions of newly-arrived Afghan professionals within their first year of employment in the United States.
- If we succeed in our inclusion efforts to place Afghan newcomer professionals into skills-aligned job positions, their projected economic contributions would total $650 million per annum.
- Since August 2021, Upwardly Global has placed 226 Afghan newcomer professionals into skills-aligned positions, with a sum of annual salaries totalling over $14 million.
- Of the 41,040 working-age Afghans, Upwardly Global projects that 25% are professionals with college degrees. Of this group, 53% possess a Bachelor’s degree, and 26% a Master’s degree or higher. Data is similar for men and women.
- Following Upwardly Global’s program, the top industries for placement include: information technology, engineering and architecture, and business logistics and operations (BLO).
- Top job titles included: Accountant, Civil Engineer, IT Help Desk Technician, Case Manager, Program Manager, IT Network Engineer.
- Afghan refugees accessing Upwardly Global employment services have been placed in jobs on average within 136 days, making an average of $63,000/year.