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This toolkit provides promising practices to counter anti-refugee and anti-Muslim backlash and work towards a positive vision for our communities. These promising practices demonstrate how: building meaningful contact between diverse populations; positive communications strategies; and engaging civic and community leaders can help create a climate in which all people can thrive.

This guide was created for advocates, service providers, and supporters as a tool to address the backlash toward refugees and Muslim Americans, and to help you proactively engage with community leaders and neighbors. Through the messages, sample conversations, story ideas, and worksheets in this toolkit, we will help you develop straightforward yet persuasive language to use in the spoken or written communications to support the needs of your whole community, including immigrants, refugees, and Muslim Americans. In places where leaders are actively trying to limit the movement, freedom, and faith practices of your neighbors, these messages can be helpful in pushing back on negative stereotypes and reaffirming your shared values as a community.

This message toolkit is designed to help people working with and on behalf of recent refugees to deliver strong messages that will encourage community leaders and policy makers to take action to support refugees in their area. 

With this rapid expansion of institutions for immigrant integration, there is a demand for a better understanding of how these institutions can most effectively facilitate receiving and integrating immigrants and ultimately maximize their economic and civic contributions. This report strives to meet that demand by examining the origins, functions and goals of existing Offices and highlighting the best practices and strategies of successful initiatives. The timing of the immigrant integration movement merits a thorough investigation of these Offices, and the limited existing research on the topic makes our study all the more necessary.

This toolkit was created to be a communications resource for those working in the field of immigration and immigrant integration. It provides practical messaging tools and strategies that address people’s fears, anxieties, and prejudices head on. In that way, the messages in the toolkit are particularly designed to talk to those whose minds are not yet made up about immigration and the changes they may be seeing in their community.

The world is on the move, bringing diverse people to U.S. communities. Global migration provides an opportunity for local communities to welcome new talent and recognize the importance of an inclusive and dynamic approach. Forward-thinking communities reflect upon what these changes mean locally and how to foster a community climate in which all are welcome and can contribute to their fullest potential.

Today, a growing movement of cities and municipalities in the United States and Europe are recognizing the economic and social benefits of becoming welcoming communities and fostering a welcoming culture. This paper by Welcoming America and the German Marshall Fund explored the emerging field of work in 2012. 

This report by Michael Jones Correa of the Center for American progress explores local integration challenges and the imperative for proactively bridging the gaps between native and newcomer.

We are deeply inspired by the growing number of leaders and everyday Americans uniting to make their communities welcoming ones for unaccompanied children. The following resources provide background and tools to help you and your community act on your compassion for children in need.

Welcoming Webinar

This interactive webinar focuses on finding the best ways to frame your messaging around refugees for all of the different audiences in your community.

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