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Georgia Business & Immigration News

February 22, 2024

State lawmakers try to squeeze in bill allowing foreign medical professionals to work in Georgia

Today, the Senate Regulated Industries and Utilities Committee discussed bill SB529.

The bill is a response to a state rural health study that found granting temporary licensure to foreign medical professionals...

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February 13, 2024

Commentary: Georgia Needs More Doctors, But I Can’t Be One of Them

After I graduated college, I worked as a medical interpreter at a clinic along Atlanta’s Buford Highway corridor. I spent my days speaking Spanish with patients, nearly all of whom came from low-income communities.


Katherine Narvaez Mena
Global Atlanta

February 13, 2024

Coalition of immigrants, refugee advocates mark ‘New Americans Day’ at Georgia State Capitol

Hundreds of refugees, immigrants, and immigration advocates converged at the Georgia State Capitol on Tuesday – part of an annual tradition to push for immigrant friendly policies and tout foreign-born workers’ contribution to the Georgia economy.


Lautaro Grinspan

January 23, 2024

Georgia’s conundrum: an “emergency level” shortage of healthcare workers, and people who want to fill the gap, but can’t.

Nafisa Mustafa went to medical school in Sudan. She wishes she could be part of the solution to the healthcare "emergency," but unless state laws change, she won't be able to.


Sophia Qureshi
285 South

December 14, 2023

Georgia’s burdensome licensing proves daunting for professionals seeking to practice. Here’s what senators want to do about it.

Farangais Saidi is an obstetrician and gynecologist whose medical career has been derailed twice. First, by the Taliban in Afghanistan. Then by Georgia law.

When she was a year into her medical training...


May 24, 2023

Opinion: Afghan women refugees like me want a future in Georgia

Husnia Jamal fled Taliban oppression in Afghanistan and now lives in Georgia. She plans to attend Berry College to study computer science this fall.

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Maureen Downey

February 28, 2023

Welcome to America: Refugees from wars in Afghanistan and Ukraine get help starting anew in Georgia

The 10th annual New Americans Celebration drew about 300 case workers, advocates and allies to the state Capitol this month to welcome resettled refugees and immigrants to Georgia.


Aaleah McConnell

February 15, 2023

In Capitol visit, advocates say immigrants can relieve Ga.’s ‘workforce crisis’

Roughly 300 immigration advocates congregated at the Georgia State Capitol on Tuesday, where they pushed for immigrant friendly policies and touted foreign-born workers’ contributions to the Georgia economy.


Lautaro Grinspan

December 15, 2022

Trump, covid slowed down immigration. Now employers can't find workers.

Economists estimate that ‘two years of lost immigration’ is responsible for close to half of the 3.5 million workers missing from the labor force...


Abha Bhattarai & Lauren Kaori Gurley, The Washington Post

December 7, 2022

'I need to eat': Venezuelan migrants take first steps in Ga. labor market

By the time he crossed the U.S.-Mexico border and arrived to Atlanta in late August, Klinsman Torres had exhausted his savings. The Venezuelan migrant’s most immediate priority was to find work. “Nothing is below me,” he said. “Work is work.” ...


Lautaro Grinspan, AJC

September 15, 2022

Opinion: Immigration policy changes will help Georgia businesses, workers

Businesses across Georgia are still reeling from the negative economic impact of COVID-19. This is especially true when it comes to the state’s Hispanic-owned businesses as well as all immigrant-owned companies...


Verónica Maldonado-Torres, AJC

July 29, 2022

Opinion: Uncertainty still looms for Dreamers

Georgia communities, businesses, and leaders came together last month to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy. For the past decade, nearly 20,000 Georgia Dreamers...


Carolina Ramos, AJC

June 7, 2022

GPTC to Provide Seamless Education & Employment Access for Immigrants, Refugees

For eight years running, Georgia has been named the number one state in the nation in which to do business. But with that accolade comes a persistent challenge – serving the increasingly diverse Peach State population...


Metro Atlanta CEO

April 8, 2022

The BIG Partnership Celebrates the Progress of 2022 Session

The 2022 Georgia Legislative Session was a year of encouraging progress for the BIG Partnership and its efforts to build a growing, bipartisan movement committed to ensuring all Georgians can achieve their potential and contribute...


BIG Partnership

March 26, 2022

Opinion: Georgia must explore immigration reform to keep workforce, economy growing

Two years in, it is clear that the pandemic has created never before seen or expected challenges for our workforce and economy. While state leaders reconvene under the Gold Dome to address a number of priorities, tackling the...


Former Rep. David Casas, AJC

March 26, 2022

Opinion: Strengthening Georgia’s global talent quest

Even before COVID-19 hit our borders and changed virtually every business plan and legislative priority, the battle for talent was being fought across every industry sector around the world. Communities, states, and nations that...

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Chris Clark, Verónica Maldonado-Torres, AJC

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