africa / Economy / Refugees

African Development Center moves to bigger home in Minneapolis

Ten years ago, just a handful of African immigrants tricklied into the Twin Cities. In 2009, conservative estimates put the number of African immigrants at about 100,000. On the West Bank and in suburbs like Brooklyn Park, they are becoming part of the fabric of their communities. Sixteen years ago, Hussein Samatar, a refugee from … Continue reading

Economy

President Obama Launches White House Internship Program

by THE WHITE HOUSE Office of Media Affairs President Obama today launched the White House Internship Program for his administration and announced that applications are currently being accepted for the summer of 2009.  Those selected to participate in the program will gain valuable job experience and an inside look at the life of White House … Continue reading

Economy

“Hire Americans” Senate Says to Bailed out Banks

by Nekessa The Senate voted Friday to restrict the hiring of foreign workers by banks that are receiving government bailout funds while undergoing vast layoffs. The legislation by Sens. Bernie Sanders, a Vermont independent, and Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, would require the banks to seek American workers before turning to foreign nationals when they’re hiring. It … Continue reading

Economy

Networking on the Net for Jobs

by Nekessa Today’s numbers on the unemployment are bleak! Eeek! This morning, the Bureau of Labor Statistics announced that 598,000 Americans had lost their jobs in January (7.6%). These jobs were across industries throughout the country. Incidentally, I just read about LaidOffCamp, a networking site for people who have lost their jobs. (You can find … Continue reading

Economy / Lifestyle / news

Elusive employment opportunities for foreign-trained African Immigrants

by Nelima  The Star Tribune had a  ‘Mega Career Expo’ at the Minneapolis Convention Center yesterday. There where three pavilions, a health care pavilion, a general/professional pavilion and an engineering pavilion.  There were a ton of young job hunters and only FOUR booths in the general/professional area. Verizon Wireless was looking for customer reps, a … Continue reading