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Welcoming in the News

Here are some media coverage highlights to inspire and inform your own community’s welcoming movement.

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What it takes to settle refugees

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.

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.

Integrated neighborhoods growing quickly across the US, study finds

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.

Refugees don’t always trust cops, so Boise has one just to help them

The Boise program is among a growing number of trust-building efforts being developed by communities across the United States to deepen relationships between police and diverse residents to achieve a safe and connected community.

How immigrants can revive America's blighted neighborhoods

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. 

Berlin through new eyes: Syrian refugees offer guided tours

A group that offers tours of Berlin led by formerly homeless people is now also working with the city’s refugee community. The tours led by Syrian refugees feature refugee shelters, Syrian restaurants, and other related sights. “Our goal was to give the refugees a face and personalize them — especially in times where so many people are only talking about the ‘floods’ or ‘waves’ of refugees.”

Idaho’s first Syrian refugee wants Americans to understand the vetting process

When Asmaa Abulkaie arrived in Boise, ID in 2014 with her two sons, she was welcomed by her adopted community. Here she tells her story of transitioning to a new life in Boise - both the highs and the lows. As a part of Welcoming Week, she was recognized by the White House along with seven other refugee community leaders.  

How immigrants can help revitalize America’s cities

New research from the Welcoming Economies Global Network and the Fiscal Policy institute show that immigrants have some of the greatest potential for helping to revitalize blighted communities and distressed homes. In 22 of the 23 cities studied, immigrants have a higher percentage of eligible homeowners than other groups.

The truth about American towns that welcome refugees

Atlantic correspondents visited small towns in three states that are welcoming refugees. They discover the economic and social benefits that immigrants are bringing to these towns. This documentary is a part of American Futures, a series exploring America’s small towns.

Editorial: Answering the knock on door

The welcome that Lincoln residents helped arrange for a Kurdish refugee family helps to keep alive an important local tradition. Lincoln – and the world – needs more people willing to fill the need. A local sponsor believes the benefits of welcoming flow two ways: “These people will do nothing but enrich our community. They are so eager to get to work and be productive members of the city. We’ve had nothing but fun and joy in sponsoring a family.”

How one Syrian family found a home in Texas

For years, refugee Bassam Al Abbas and his family navigated foreign languages and vetting systems before eventually settling in Austin, Texas, in May. "I cannot describe how much they welcomed me," said Al Abbas. "They made us love this country."

There's a new film club welcoming refugees to London

Through film and food, a new initiative in London, UK, is holding monthly film screenings and Q&As to build bridges and help immigrants integrate into their new community.