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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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Idaho’s first Syrian refugee wants Americans to understand the vetting process

When Asmaa Abulkaie arrived in Boise, ID in 2014 with her two sons, she was welcomed by her adopted community. Here she tells her story of transitioning to a new life in Boise - both the highs and the lows. As a part of Welcoming Week, she was recognized by the White House along with seven other refugee community leaders.  

How immigrants can help revitalize America’s cities

New research from the Welcoming Economies Global Network and the Fiscal Policy institute show that immigrants have some of the greatest potential for helping to revitalize blighted communities and distressed homes. In 22 of the 23 cities studied, immigrants have a higher percentage of eligible homeowners than other groups.

The truth about American towns that welcome refugees

Atlantic correspondents visited small towns in three states that are welcoming refugees. They discover the economic and social benefits that immigrants are bringing to these towns. This documentary is a part of American Futures, a series exploring America’s small towns.

Editorial: Answering the knock on door

The welcome that Lincoln residents helped arrange for a Kurdish refugee family helps to keep alive an important local tradition. Lincoln – and the world – needs more people willing to fill the need. A local sponsor believes the benefits of welcoming flow two ways: “These people will do nothing but enrich our community. They are so eager to get to work and be productive members of the city. We’ve had nothing but fun and joy in sponsoring a family.”

How one Syrian family found a home in Texas

For years, refugee Bassam Al Abbas and his family navigated foreign languages and vetting systems before eventually settling in Austin, Texas, in May. "I cannot describe how much they welcomed me," said Al Abbas. "They made us love this country."

There's a new film club welcoming refugees to London

Through film and food, a new initiative in London, UK, is holding monthly film screenings and Q&As to build bridges and help immigrants integrate into their new community.

St. Louis the fastest-growing metro area for immigrants

Without foreign-born residents moving to St. Louis, the city’s population would have declined in 2015. Welcoming America and Welcoming Economies Global Network member St. Louis Mosaic Project is working to welcome, retain, and empower newcomers in the city.

Amid political tensions, a bid to bring together immigrants, Americans

Welcoming Week events are changing people’s minds about immigration in America. “Events like this are helpful because you actually get to know the person, they're human beings just like you. If you meet the person, you're gonna know that they're people like you.”

Immigration doesn’t have to divide us; just look to communities

Communities are leading the way on immigrant inclusion by opening up a dialogue with all their residents and involving leaders  – from faith, business, neighborhood associations, and immigrants and refugees themselves. They know that by reducing barriers to full economic and social participation, they could make sure the entire community was reaching its full potential.

Officials unveil blueprint designed to improve immigrant experience

The plan stitches the service network tighter to keep people from foundering as they try to get settled and become capable, calls for more meaningful welcoming by every municipality, improved communication and alignment of services, intensive collaboration to help immigrants find dignified work opportunities, and a platform for immigrants to tell their stories.

Welcoming refugees makes America stronger

"As a service member, I know that welcoming refugees makes our nation stronger...by swelling the ranks of our citizenry with productive members of society. And as a refugee, I know that my fellows are among the most grateful, the most patriotic, and the most willing to give back to their community and country."

The best American cities for refugees share these key qualities

Some of the qualities the best communities share that help newcomers find success include good public transportation, a culture of volunteerism, and unexpectedly perhaps: chilly weather.