Welcoming America
helps communities across the country achieve prosperity by becoming more welcoming toward immigrants and all residents.

#WelcomingWeek Staff Picks

Forget the headlines; here's what American communities really think about immigrants. From New Hampshire to Kentucky, Oregon to Georgia, communities… read more

#WelcomingWeek Staff Picks #WelcomingWeek Staff Picks

Rust Belt Cities Embrace Immigrants as Key to Future

A growing number of Rust Belt cities are embracing immigrants as a means of revitalizing urban neighborhoods and spurring local economic growth,… read more

Rust Belt Cities Embrace Immigrants as Key to Future Rust Belt Cities Embrace Immigrants as Key to Future

From Guyana to the U.S.

In celebration of Immigrant Heritage Month, Welcoming America's Keiron Bone Dormegnie shares his grandfather's immigration story with us. Read… read more

From Guyana to the U.S. From Guyana to the U.S.

#WelcomingWeek Staff Picks

August 20th, 2015

Forget the headlines; here’s what American communities really think about immigrants.

From New Hampshire to Kentucky, Oregon to Georgia, communities gear up to celebrate #WelcomingWeek. And from community potlucks to soccer in the streets, New Americans are being welcomed by their neighbors.

Check out some of these great events happening around the country chosen by Welcoming America staff  including why they think it’s a great #WelcomingWeek event:  Continue Reading »

Rust Belt Cities Embrace Immigrants as Key to Future

July 9th, 2015

WE Global LogoA growing number of Rust Belt cities are embracing immigrants as a means of revitalizing urban neighborhoods and spurring local economic growth, and will be participating in this year’s Dayton Convening. As a more welcoming approach to immigration spreads quickly across the Rust Belt – and pays off for local economies – a new field of practice is picking up steam. Continue Reading »

From Guyana to the U.S.

June 22nd, 2015

Louis Woolford Bone

In celebration of Immigrant Heritage Month, Welcoming America’s Keiron Bone Dormegnie shares his grandfather’s immigration story with us. Read on to learn about Louis Bone’s journey to the United States to pursue his passion and a better life for his family. You can read more inspirational immigration stories at welcome.us.


In 1957, my grandfather, Louis Woolford Bone, started a long American voyage. “Louie” left his birth home in the South American colony of British Guiana to enter a doctoral program at the University of Chicago. In his mid-30’s with six children, a wife, and a large extended family in the city of Georgetown, Guyana, he left the country to continue his studies at a renowned institution of higher education. Continue Reading »

New Report on Welcoming in Nashville

June 17th, 2015

Welcoming Nashville ReportToday, Welcoming America released a new study, Welcoming Nashville: Perspectives and Trends, which provides further evidence of how communities are benefiting economically from a welcoming climate for immigrants and all residents.

The study, conducted by the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce Research Center, surveyed community and business leaders around the economic benefits of immigrant welcome to Nashville, which in recent years led the country in job growth. The Center concluded that Nashvilles efforts to welcome and incorporate a vibrant, growing immigrant population has helped create tangible economic gains across the city and across sectors. Continue Reading »