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We are here to help you create more inclusive communities, and the following public resources have been designed to help you spark and grow welcoming efforts in your community. 

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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. 

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.

A picture of the I'm a Welcomer sign from Welcoming America

Our multilingual Welcomer signs are a fun and easy way to show community support for everyone, including immigrants and refugees, and lift up our shared values. Download the signs in your choice of eight different languages:

  • Amharic
  • Arabic
  • Bosnian/Serbian/Croatian
  • English
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish
  • Turkish
Welcoming Webinar

Leaders from the local government, business, and nonprofit sectors help set the tone for refugee reception. Finding ways to engage them as key champions for your work helps strengthen program credibility, secure additional resources, and attract a broader base of support for refugees.

Welcoming Webinar

Welcoming America is proud to partner with Immigrant Nation, a new interactive documentary film series and online storytelling hub. This first-of-its-kind multimedia project is designed to capture, share, and spread personal migration stories between receiving communities and recent immigrants. In this webinar you will learn how to bring the Immigrant Nation storytelling tools to your community for Welcoming Week.

This toolkit is a set of activities that can be done in an ESOL/ABE classroom and with the broader community to help foster dialogue among individuals, share ideas across cultures, find commonalities, and create spaces for building lasting connections. In celebration of Welcoming Week, the toolkit supports interaction among immigrant adults and various other groups (local residents, health care providers, library patrons, parents, employers).

Activity Materials [docx]

Welcoming Webinar

In this webinar, Welcoming America unveiled a brand new toolkit entitled Reframing Refugees: Messaging Toolkit. Guest speakers discussed ways to use messaging and events to promote the positive contributions of refugees to their communities.

Welcoming Webinar

Welcoming America is pleased to be partnering with the Center for Applied Linguistics on the webinar Promoting a Culture of Welcome for Refugees in Schools: Approaches and Opportunities to begin exploring how schools can promote a culture of welcome and models that work. Together webinar participants will identify components of a welcoming school, learn from promising examples from the field, and share their own questions and successes.

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.

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.

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