A recent report entitled, “Our Pathway to a Brighter Future” highlighted multiple places where Ohio is lacking in services for immigrants. The main concerns are with the availability of immigration attorneys, access to affordable healthcare, and English classes.
The report found that there are fewer than 35 immigration attorneys in the entire state of Ohio. As a result, the possibility for immigrants to be scammed by non-immigration attorneys is high. On healthcare, the report found that while about 6 percent of foreign-born naturalized citizens lack health insurance, as many as 25 percent of foreign-born non-citizens are uninsured. There is also a need for both more English classes as well as GED classes taught in Spanish, as just 39 percent of immigrants in Ohio speak English well.
VERDICT: The goal of the report was to shed light on the immigrations services needed in Ohio. Now that the report has been published, organizations providing these services will hopefully be able to use the report’s findings to find additional funding to expand their services.