Welcoming International launches website

Welcoming International, a coalition of initiatives advancing inclusion and belonging in localities worldwide, launched its website today.

The website is the initiative’s latest effort to expand and celebrate the global footprint of inclusive communities. Through tailored content, information, and resources, the Welcoming International website aims to highlight the impact of inclusion in local communities and provide ways for civic and government institutions in other countries to get involved.

“We are thrilled to have a dedicated digital space for Welcoming International,” said David Lubell, founder of the initiative and founder and former Executive Director of Welcoming America. “By highlighting the unique impact of inclusive policies and programs in countries around the world, we’re able to show that inclusion is universally a good and practical idea that leads to benefits for all members of communities.”

Welcoming International formally launched as an initiative of Welcoming America in 2018 following years of collaboration and partnerships with international organizations such as the Bertelsmann Foundation in Germany, Welcoming Australia and the Scanlon Foundation in Australia. Since then, the initiative has grown its membership to include a broad cross-section of nonprofits, foundations, and governments of countries such as Australia, Canada, Germany, Mexico, New Zealand, Spain, and the United Kingdom.

All members work toward creating inclusive policies and programs to make their communities more welcoming places for all, including immigrants and refugees. Welcoming International assists its members through the implementation of the Welcoming Standard, supporting national city networks, and providing access to a global network of practitioners, innovation, and coaching.

Organizations and governments interested in creating a more inclusive locality or country can find more information and consider joining as a member by contacting the project leads through the new website.

About Welcoming International

Welcoming International is a coalition of initiatives advancing inclusion in localities worldwide. As part of Welcoming America, a nonprofit organization based in the United States, Welcoming International assists governments and communities seeking to build greater inclusion and make their cities or countries a more welcoming place for all. Learn more at welcominginternational.org.

About Welcoming America

Welcoming America leads a movement of inclusive communities becoming more prosperous by making everyone feel like they belong. We believe that all people, including immigrants, are valued contributors and vital to the success of our communities and shared future. Launched in 2009, Welcoming America has spurred a growing movement across the United States. Learn more at welcomingamerica.org.


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Welcoming America
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Vanja Pantic-Oflazoglu, International Program Manager
Welcoming America
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