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Daphne Halkias


Many highly skilled Black African immigrants are concentrated in low-wage positions among occupations in the healthcare industry. This education–occupation mismatch has contributed to substantial labor market hurdles affecting socioeconomic integration in the host country. The purpose of this qualitative narrative inquiry study was to gain a deeper understanding of highly skilled Black African immigrant women’s daily experiences within the U.S. healthcare workplace and the implication of these experiences on their socioeconomic integration. A qualitative narrative inquiry was conducted involving 7 highly skilled Black African immigrant women in the U.S. healthcare workplace. The study was framed by 2 fundamental concepts: talent management and integration needs of highly skilled women Black African immigrants. Five conceptual categories were revealed via thematic analysis of the narratives. The findings clearly demonstrated that the challenges facing highly-skilled Black African immigrant women with social integration, social class change, ethnicity and gender bias are faced by all African American women in the healthcare workplace. These issues were often compounded by marginalization of their talents and contributions simply because of their immigrant status. The findings should act as a catalyst for social change highlighting the professional challenges faced by highly-skilled Black African immigrant women in the healthcare workplace and its connection to their socioeconomic integration in their host country, which creates the potential for a positive outcome for the migrant women and the host society as well as better capture and utilization of the talent of these highly-skilled immigrant Black African migrant women.