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World Refugee Day: Standing with refugee leaders who are sparking change

On World Refugee Day, held every year on June 20, we honor the strength, courage, and perseverance of refugees around the globe. This year, World Refugee Day focuses on solidarity with refugees, for a world where refugees are welcomed. Solidarity means keeping our doors open, celebrating refugees’ strengths and achievements, and reflecting on the challenges…

Refugees
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News Press Release

17 leaders selected for innovative national program to strengthen belonging amid demographic shifts

Welcoming America and The Dinner Party Labs are excited to announce that 17 civic leaders have been selected for the Connected Communities Cohort, a yearlong learning program to deepen trust and relationships between immigrants and non-immigrants in communities experiencing significant demographic shifts. The selected participants include representatives from the following organizations: Louisiana Organization for Refugees…

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Statement on the Biden administration’s restrictions on asylum seekers

Americans deserve an immigration policy that reflects our best interests and highest values. As our own founding documents declare, human equality and freedom are our cherished values, and based on these principles, the United States has been a place of safety for those fleeing persecution on the basis of their race, religion, identity, nationality, or…

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Resource Webinar

The Power of Trusted Connectors in Micro-Enterprise Development

Are you looking for new ways to support immigrant entrepreneurs in your community? In this webinar release of The Power of Trusted Connectors in Micro-Enterprise Development report, recorded on May 2, 2024, in partnership with Global Detroit, we explore approaches welcoming organizations that don’t operate small business programs can employ to connect immigrant entrepreneurs to…

Economic Development
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New Round of Grants will Support Cities’ Efforts to Welcome Immigrants

WASHINGTON & DECATUR, GA — The American Immigration Council and Welcoming America, two national nonprofits, are thrilled to announce that four communities were selected to receive Implementation Technical Assistance and Grant awards as part of Round V of the Gateways for Growth Challenge (G4G). The four communities include: Baltimore County, Maryland Fort Wayne, Indiana Santa…

Economic Development
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Resource

The Case for Welcoming as Resilience: A Whitepaper

How can communities support people displaced by climate change, and build a future that is more sustainable, democratic, and adaptable for all people, including immigrants? This whitepaper, published by Welcoming America, is the first in a series of content on climate change and migration. It explores the landscape of migration impacted specifically by climate change…

Climate migration
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Staying rooted in humanity: Reflections on #Interactive2024

Last week, 800 welcomers from across the globe joined us at the 2024 Welcoming Interactive in the Certified Welcoming city of Dallas, Texas. Leaders from local governments, nonprofits, and other sectors spent three days sharing inspiring practices and ideas for including immigrants and refugees in their communities. Participants hailed from communities across the U.S., Canada,…

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‘Welcoming is possible’: Opening remarks at the Welcoming Interactive 2024

Editor’s note: Following are remarks by Rachel Perić, executive director of Welcoming America, delivered on April 11, 2024 at the opening plenary of the 2024 Welcoming Interactive conference in Dallas, Texas. It has been lightly edited for web publication. Welcome to the Welcoming Interactive. What a mighty room! Give yourself a round of applause. Thank…

Welcoming Interactive
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