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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

New Hampshire's capital joins welcoming movement

The City of Concord is another place that has joined Welcoming America’s network and will begin building a more inclusive and prosperous community by welcoming newcomers. In 2014, immigrants in New Hampshire earned $3.4 billion and contributed over $700 million to state, local, and federal taxes.

Houston moves to become 'Welcoming City' for immigrants

The City of Houston has declared itself a Welcoming City and joined Welcoming America’s network of over 100 nonprofits and local governments. Houston is the most diverse, rapidly growing metro area in the country with immigrants injecting over $116 billion into their GDP.

Boston proposes an ID to make it easier to include all

Boston joins a growing cohort of cities, such as Detroit (link to our blog?) and Cincinnati, who are implementing municipal ID programs to reduce barriers to services and participation for the elderly, homeless, immigrants, and other groups.

Camp Illuminate teaches English, nature to immigrant, refugee kids in Nashville

A promising practice out of Nashville combines nature and English lessons to empower young English Language Learners and continue their education beyond the school year.

Why ‘immigration is good for business’

At the Democratic National Convention, New York, Philadelphia, and Phoenix mayors and Welcoming America’s Executive Director discuss why immigration and being a welcoming city is important for their communities’ future and how they benefit economically, civically, and culturally from a welcoming climate.

From refugee chefs, a taste of home

A Paris restaurants wants to expose native French people to the cuisines and cultures of those who were arriving on their shores. They wanted to create jobs. And perhaps most of all, they wanted to begin to change the way immigrants are viewed in France.

America once excelled at immigrant integration. Here’s the way back.

The President and CEO of the National Council of La Raza covers how business, government, and nonprofit sectors can work together to make integration a less onerous.

Berlin dinner parties that celebrate refugees and their food

The Berlin initiative Über den Tellerrand combats prejudice by integrating migrants into the local communities of 20 German cities through cooking classes, recipe sharing, pop-up restaurants, and more. This project helps change perceptions and build bridges between long-time residents and newcomers.

How an Ohio town became a model city for resettling Syrian refugees

With its vast network of services, leadership from local officials, and tradition of welcoming newcomers, our member city Toledo is a leading model for successful immigrant integration and welcome.

New study lauds benefits of immigration in Akron

The foreign-born population in Akron — everyone from refugees to international students — is an economic powerhouse, according to a new study by the Partnership for a New American Economy.

Buffalo Police use new tools to reach immigrant community

The Buffalo Police Department’s new Language Access Plan to address communication challenges between immigrants and emergency responders was recently recognized by the White House for its innovative approach to inclusion. Their plan includes a telephone service that can translate 200 languages, civilian interpreters, and bilingual police officers.

New report lauds foreign-born Pittsburgh residents’ economic contributions

A new report underscores that welcoming immigrants not only benefits us culturally and civically but also economically. The Partnership for a New American Economy found that in 2014, immigrants contributed $217 million to Pittsburgh’s state and local taxes and $6.8 billion to the county’s gross domestic product.