Starbucks is joining the companies that say they’ll create jobs in the U.S. — only it’s going to emphasize hiring refugees. The coffee giant pledged Sunday to hire 10,000 refugees in the 75 countries where it operates over the next five years. CEO Howard Schultz, in a letter to Starbucks workers, said the effort would begin in the U.S. with an emphasis on hiring refugees who have served as interpreters and support personnel for U.S. armed forces abroad. U.S. troops made heavy use of such workers during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Read the article “immigration patterns”: the transition process (Understanding and Managing Diversity textbook p.83) and answer the following question.
The ability the communicate in English is important for many jobs. Therefore some companies offer ESL (English as a Foreign Language) courses to their non-English speaking employees. One alternative to requiring company-sponsored ESL instruction is to require that all potential employees meet an English language proficiency standard before they may be hired.
Compare and contrast these two alternatives in terms of advantages and disadvantages to the company.
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