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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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Buffalo Police use new tools to reach immigrant community

The Buffalo Police Department’s new Language Access Plan to address communication challenges between immigrants and emergency responders was recently recognized by the White House for its innovative approach to inclusion. Their plan includes a telephone service that can translate 200 languages, civilian interpreters, and bilingual police officers.

New report lauds foreign-born Pittsburgh residents’ economic contributions

A new report underscores that welcoming immigrants not only benefits us culturally and civically but also economically. The Partnership for a New American Economy found that in 2014, immigrants contributed $217 million to Pittsburgh’s state and local taxes and $6.8 billion to the county’s gross domestic product.

This American city has a winning way of making refugees feel welcome

Cincinnati’s Junior League has taken an innovative approach to welcoming refugees through their Refugee Connect program that builds connections between refugees and the larger community through the universal language of soccer.

Report: International students contribute $1B annually to Michigan economy

Our economy and workers benefit from retaining them as employees, especially in critical STEM fields: International students who are employed in the US create 2.62 additional jobs and contribute significantly to regional taxes and wage growth.

Refugees help make Georgia a better place

"The bottom line is refugees quickly establish themselves in America, get jobs and eventually start businesses, buy homes, learn English and become citizens. When welcomed to their new home and provided opportunities, refugees become highly productive citizens and help their host communities thrive."

Closer Look: Welcoming America; Atlanta BeltLine; and more

"What Atlanta and a number of other communities are doing right is recognizing that our future is one that looks different demographically than our past. This is something we should be excited about, and something we can take advantage of if we create an environment where people feel they belong and can participate at their fullest."

NH has a plan for new arrivals

New Hampshire is in the middle of a three-year, $1.4 million dollar project to welcome and integrate immigrants. “When you start to meet and know each other and become neighbors, you become people to each other, and that’s what breaks down the fear. That's our goal,” said Liz Fitzgerald, co-chair of the One Greater Nashua Coalition.

Welcoming communities embrace and integrate immigrants

More than 50 cities and counties were honored by the White House on June 30 for their leadership and innovation in creating welcoming communities as well as civic, economic, and linguistic integration. These cities and counties participated in the White House's Building Welcoming Communities Campaign.

Tampa leaders celebrate area refugees

Tampa Bay, Florida, officials passed a proclamation naming June 20 as World Refugee Day, a day to celebrate and recognize the region's diversity and to welcome refugees. “We take great pride in recognizing the strength of the diversity in our community. Recognizing and realizing the diversity of our community provides the strength and the pillar to make our community a better place.”

ID card means 'we are all Cincinnatians'

A new municipal ID program in Cincinnati, Ohio, which will help make easier the lives of undocumented immigrants, the homeless, and others who cannot obtain an ID. It is the first of its kind in Ohio and could prove to be a model for addressing identification needs.

How refugees help their new communities

While much has been written about strengthening borders and toughening immigration law, relatively little attention has been paid to the local acceptance of refugees and the ways in which they are successfully incorporated into their new communities.

Refugees help small town thrive

About 6,000 immigrants who escaped poverty and violence in East Africa have resettled in Lewiston, Maine. When these refugees began arriving, many residents were resentful. Now, they say the town has changed for the better, including a revitalized downtown and increased local pride.

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