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The Greater Kansas City region has experienced a changing demographic over the past quarter-century, with the immigrant population increasing from 33,000 in 1990 to more than 150,000 in 2018. Immigrants are an important part of the economic and cultural fabric in the Great Kansas City area, working in a variety of industries and establishing strong roots in the community as homeowners and parents of U.S.-born children. 

More than half the global population lives in metropolitan areas, and this proportion will likely increase throughout the 21st century. A significant contributor to this growth will be immigrants and other newcomers. This report by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs examines, through the lens of the city of Chicago, the complexity of the foreign-born community and the immigrant-related policies of a global city, situated within broader county, metropolitan, state, and federal contexts. 

The Bread Houses Network drives positive social change through high-touch read-making services and unique Bread Art Therapy that nurture respect, inclusion, and creativity in communities around the globe. Our unique strength is to build transformational contact across cultures, ages, professions, and special needs. We are eager to share our methods for fostering social inclusion, community building, and cultural celebration so that others may use them, learn from them, and help create more inclusive communities!

Though cities and towns across the nation are making impressive strides towards becoming beacons of inclusion and welcoming, disturbing forces of bigotry and hate are a reality that local leaders must contend with. In this webinar, we’ll learn about key trends in hate speech and crimes, new and promising efforts that are coming together at the local and national levels to combat them, and recommendations for welcoming communities to take for developing a proactive approach.

The Welcoming Network’s membership program offers tools, resources, technical assistance, and a global network to help nonprofit and government partners transform communities into more welcoming places. Participating members connect with their peers to share good ideas and receive recognition for their efforts in local, national and global settings.

Building Cohesive Communities in an Era of Migration and Change is an update to the 2011 Receiving Communities Toolkit and explores the nature of today’s challenge, strategies to address divides, and recommendations for bringing social cohesion work to scale.

This tool profiles four rural initiatives that are successfully bringing together receiving community residents and refugees and demonstrating what is possible when all residents are connected, supported, and involved.

Learn some of the best practices in engaging, supporting, and managing volunteers to help welcome refugees in your community. Tips around volunteer outreach, designing options for volunteer engagement, volunteer onboarding, and keeping volunteers energized are included.  This toolkit also shares field spotlights from a number of refugee-serving organizations that are successfully utilizing volunteers in new and interesting ways. 

This new tool includes how to develop an inclusive approach to economic development, tips for success, and key strategies around areas such as workforce development, entrepreneurship, home ownership, and urban and rural agriculture. 

The purpose of this plan is to create an inclusive metro Atlanta region in which all people, including immigrants and refugees, have the opportunity to reach their greatest potential, engage with the larger community, and fully contribute their talents—expanding prosperity and well-being for all.

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