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Welcoming in the News

Here are some media coverage highlights to inspire and inform your own community’s welcoming movement.

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Refugees help small town thrive

About 6,000 immigrants who escaped poverty and violence in East Africa have resettled in Lewiston, Maine. When these refugees began arriving, many residents were resentful. Now, they say the town has changed for the better, including a revitalized downtown and increased local pride.

The future of Hamtramck is being built today

Immigrant entrepreneurs are leading the force to revitalize Hamtramck, Michigan. In the last quarter of the 20th century, Hamtramck was in a state of decline and the Bangladeshi community started to open businesses and revitalize their neighborhoods. Today approximately 35-40 businesses from that community remain active.

Closer Look: Ga. Legislature; Welcoming America; And More

Founder David Lubell talked with Atlanta's NPR station, WABE 90.1 FM, about Welcoming America's mission to help communities become more inclusive. 

IIA awarded ‘Gateways to Growth Challenge’ to help welcome new Americans

The City of Akron, Summit County, and the International Institute of Akron were selected as one of 20 communities around the country to receive grant funds as a part of the Gateway for Growth Challenge. They will receive $12,500 to develop a multi-sector welcoming plan.

Battle Creek seeks to be more welcoming to refugees

Battle Creek, Michigan, voted 6-3 on April 12 to join Welcoming America and become a Welcoming City. "It means we as a city value inclusion," said commissioner Kate Flores. "We think that being an inclusive place and a welcoming place for all of our residents that are living in the city is a value to us and helps make us a safer, prosperous and a better place to live."

Police try cultural outreach to engage immigrant communities

An Indianapolis Police Department program builds bridges between officers and immigrant communities and teaches them about local law enforcement. This program is among a growing number of trust-building efforts being developed by communities to deepen relationships between police and diverse residents.

Welcoming America: A movement to embrace newcomers

Inclusion and integration are vital as there are about 40 million foreign-born people living in the United States today. Research has shown that immigrants have a positive effect on the local housing market and on reducing crime; they also attract the young and creative to the communities they join, as well as corporations that are looking for talent from around the world.

Boise's refugee resettlement program seen as a success

The success of Boise's refugee resettlement program has attracted international attention. German professionals, public officials and volunteers kicked off a two-day visit to Boise on Friday to learn about how the city welcomes and integrates refugees.

Obama honors immigrant rights leader David Lubell

During President Barack Obama's visit to Nashville, he recognized Welcoming America founder and Executive Director David Lubell on his role in supporting immigrants.

Nashville’s case for progressive immigration policy

And with this population growth came an economic boom. By 2012, Nashville had the fastest job growth of any city in the country. Immigrants in Nashville are now twice as likely to start a small business compared to native-born Nashvillians.

Reshaping the Rust Belt through immigrant talent

If the Rust Belt aims to reclaim its former growth and vibrancy, then skillful immigrant entrepreneurs and refugees willing to join the labor force must be part of the equation.

The new melting pots

It is no longer just historic immigrant gateways that are paying attention to the positive effects of immigrants in their cities; new gateway cities like Nashville, TN are taking notice and reaping the benefits.