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Welcoming in the News

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

News Archive

The U.S. accepts 10,000th Syrian refugee this year

This week, the United States hit its goal of welcoming 10,000 Syrian refugees to the country. National Security Advisor Susan Rice thanked the “generous communities throughout our country that have continued to open their arms to these new neighbors, demonstrating the values that have made our nation great.”

Penn State Law immigration clinic joins Welcoming America

Pennsylvania State University Law’s Center for Immigrants’ Rights Clinic is the first collegiate member of the Welcoming America network. “This membership moves us one step closer to becoming a more welcoming community for immigrants and refugees, and allows us to learn from other members in the network who are working toward the same goals."

Harrisonburg, VA to become a Welcoming City

The Harrisonburg City Council passed a resolution to join the Welcoming America network of cities, counties, and nonprofits working to build more inclusive communities. The city and local nonprofits will work on a strategy for welcoming and including newcomers.

Evidence shows immigrants actually promote more economic growth

Studies overwhelmingly show that immigrants are contributors to our economy and even spur growth; they open businesses, increase innovation, and more. One study in particular found “that nearly half of U.S. economic growth since the 1950s is attributable to the increase in the number of scientists and engineers engaged in research and development.”

Germany's pro-refugee urban-planning experiment

Two German cities are using urban planning and community forums to create new arrival cities for refugees. In Hamburg, community forums help identify new sites for additional housing and in Berlin, incremental housing plans are being used to build high-density, mixed-use housing units.

Why immigration is good for culture

A new study shows that both nationals and immigrants benefit from mutual cultural integration. "Integration is not only a task for immigrants. Nationals that integrate towards other cultures around them will thrive more too."

Florida city, county join Welcoming America to foster inclusion for new residents

The City of Gainesville and Alachua County, Florida joined the Welcoming America network this year and had an official kickoff this week with the nonprofit Welcoming Gainesville. The city, county, and nonprofit will work together to provide services to newcomers and celebrate diversity in their communities.

King County commits to welcoming immigrants and refugees

On Aug. 11, King County, Washington, joined the Welcoming America network. Immigrants and refugees have been a major force in King County for years. Task Force recommendations include "a permanent Immigrant and Refugee Commission with a dedicated staff member to serve as a hub for activities, services, and dialogue among elected leaders, community organizations, and county employees.”

How ‘they’ become ‘we’

The president of the Migration Policy Institute discusses how the federal government has played an important role in immigrant integration over the past century as well as how we can continue to successfully include newcomers in our communities.

Small towns welcome refugees with open arms

Cities like Clarkston, GA; Rutland, VT; and Fargo, ND, see an opportunity not only to help during history's worst refugee crisis but also to revitalize their cities by welcoming refugees. Refugees have been offsetting population loss in many small towns as well as opening new businesses and filling jobs.

Our welcoming city

“[The initiative] formally recognizes Houston and makes clear to everyone that indeed Houston wants to continue being one of the most diverse and welcoming cities. We want immigrants to know that if they are here and contribute to the society, we are here to welcome them."

Study: Immigrants add to regional workforce

A new study by New American Economy highlights the economic contributions of immigrants in Ohio. If the state were to keep only half of its 2,400 advanced degree graduates, 3,100 jobs for US-born workers would be created in the next 5 years.