Susanna Groves was an Associate Policy Analyst with the Migration Policy Institute’s Migrants, Migration, and Development program. She also works on refugee issues.
Before joining MPI, Ms. Groves researched human trafficking, forced labor, and child labor for the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of International Labor Affairs. She has also worked at the Correctional Association of New York, the New York Civil Liberties Union, and on numerous political campaigns.
Ms. Groves earned a master’s in public policy from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. While in graduate school, she consulted for a domestic refugee resettlement organization and was affiliated with the Carr Center for Human Rights. She earned a BA with high honors in English literature, history, and Latin American and Caribbean studies from the University of Michigan. She also studied at the Universidad de la Habana.
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Using previously non-public refugee admissions data from the State Department, this analysis finds that even as refugees come to the United States from increasingly diverse origins and linguistic backgrounds, some arriving with very low native-language literacy and education, most integrate successfully over time. The report examines refugees' employment, English proficiency, educational attainment, income and poverty status, and public benefits usage.