Welcoming in the News

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The welcoming movement is growing across the United States and across the world. Here are some media coverage highlights to inspire and inform your own community’s welcoming movement.

Mayor Rawlings-Blake affirms Baltimore as a Welcoming City for immigrants

City of Baltimore | Nov 17, 2016

“Now more than ever, we need to come together as a city – One Baltimore – to make sure our communities send a strong and clear message that we all belong.  This is a city for all of us no matter where you may have originally been born."

Anchorage recommits to being a welcoming community

Anchorage Press | Nov 17, 2016

"We recommit to being a welcoming community. We stand together in kindness and grace. We are grateful for being welcomed into this incredible land by those who came before us, and we are eager to welcome all who are committed to ensuring a safe and happy home for generations to come,” says First Lady of Anchorage Mara Kimmel.


Gainesville ‘open to all,’ Mayor says after elections

WUFT | Nov 15, 2016

Welcoming America member, Gainesville, FL, made a powerful statement on welcoming and inclusivity. The city remains committed to welcoming all, “regardless of what they look like, where they come from, how they worship, or who they love.”

How Idahoans are building bridges with their new refugee neighbors

Local News 8 | Nov 15, 2016

Volunteer opportunities are seen as key to building bridges between newly arrived refugees and long-term residents. "Even though I'm not the perfect teacher, I feel like I can express that I care about these people, and that they're welcome here, and I think that has its own benefit," said one volunteer.

Community center receives hundreds of cards for local immigrants

WAVE3 | Nov 14, 2016

A community center in Louisville, KY, has received overwhelming support locally and from across the country after a request to send letters to its immigrant students.

One house, one family at a time, immigrants are helping refill Detroit

Revitalizing neighborhoods is about more than growing the population. Immigrants are helping to occupy vacant housing, launch new businesses, and volunteer for neighborhood block clubs and safety patrols.

New York State immigrants reverse population decline

Times Union | Nov 02, 2016

A study from the New York State Comptroller finds that upstate cities have benefitted greatly from the arrival of immigrants, who have reversed population decline and grown local economies through business ownership and jobs.

America’s newest citizens: Four Milwaukeeans ready to vote

Radio Milwaukee | Nov 01, 2016

As a citizenship class teacher, Victoria Dubrovina, a Russian immigrant and now an American citizen, hears many reasons for why her pupils want to become citizens. But the main reason, she says, is to gain the same rights as citizens including the right to vote.

Immigrant community gets economic boost

Austin Daily Herald | Oct 31, 2016

A partnership in Austin, Texas, aims to help immigrants in the region become business owners. A group of legal, advocacy, and economic groups hope to reduce barriers to starting a business and create more economic opportunity through a network of services.

What it takes to settle refugees

The Atlantic | Oct 28, 2016

A robust support system, low cost of living, entrepreneurial spirit, and - most important of all - a welcoming culture have laid a solid foundation for refugees and immigrants to find success and inclusion in cities like Erie, PA.

Integrated neighborhoods growing quickly across the US, study finds

Phys.org | Oct 25, 2016

A new study finds that neighborhoods where whites, blacks, Hispanics, and Asians live alongside each other are on the rise across major U.S. metropolitan regions.

How immigrants can revive America's blighted neighborhoods

CNN | Oct 21, 2016

The Welcoming Economies Global Network and the Fiscal Policy Institute released new data this week revealing the untapped resource of immigrants as potential homeowners and the key to revitalizing neighborhoods across the country.