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How Investing in English Language Learning Can Boost Local Economies

Written by on September 25, 2014 in Economics, Integration with 0 Comments
How Investing in English Language Learning Can Boost Local Economies

As local leaders explore ways to grow their local and regional economies, one area to address is access to English language learning opportunities for all members of a community. A new report by the Brookings Institution’s Metropolitan Policy Program, Investing in English Skills: The Limited English Proficient Workforce in U.S. Metropolitan Areas, examines workers with [...]

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New Report Highlights Innovative Integration Initiatives in the Midwest

Written by on September 23, 2014 in Economics, Integration with 0 Comments
New Report Highlights Innovative Integration Initiatives in the Midwest

Last week, the Detroit City Council unanimously passed a resolution for Detroit to become a “welcoming city.” As Global Detroit notes, “The designation,” part of the Welcoming Cities and Counties initiative, “recognizes places that support locally-driven efforts to create more welcoming, immigrant-friendly environments that maximize opportunities for economic growth and cultural vitality.” As Detroit exemplifies, [...]

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Cities Recognize the Power of Naturalization During Citizenship Day and Welcoming Week

Written by on September 17, 2014 in Integration, State and Local Immigration Law with 0 Comments
Cities Recognize the Power of Naturalization During Citizenship Day and Welcoming Week

Each year on September 17, the United States observes Constitution Day and Citizenship Day, a combined event that commemorates the anniversary of the signing of the constitution in 1787 and recognizes all those who are or have become U.S. citizens. This week, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is celebrating Constitution Day and Citizenship Day by [...]

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Cities Find Creative Ways for Civic Immigrant Integration

Written by on September 12, 2014 in Economics, Integration with 0 Comments
Cities Find Creative Ways for Civic Immigrant Integration

Shifts in where immigrants are settling once they arrive in the U.S. have encouraged local governments across the country to cultivate creative opportunities to better meet challenges and promote newcomer integration into the life of a city. Continuing its new series, Cities and Regions: Reaping Migration’s Local Dividends, the Migration Policy Institute released a new [...]

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Foreign Students Contribute Billions to Metro Areas

Written by on August 29, 2014 in Economics with 1 Comment
Foreign Students Contribute Billions to Metro Areas

International students enrich U.S. colleges and universities, but “only recently, however, have local leaders begun to appreciate that students from fast-growing foreign economies can also be important anchors in building global connections between their hometowns abroad and their U.S. metropolitan destinations,” said Neil Ruiz, author of a new report released today by the Brookings Institution’s Metropolitan Policy [...]

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Cities and Regions Explore Ways to Maximize Migration’s Local Dividends

Written by on August 28, 2014 in Business, Economics, Entrepreneurship with 0 Comments
Cities and Regions Explore Ways to Maximize Migration’s Local Dividends

Local officials are recognizing that immigration can play a role in their broader growth and development strategies. As Demetrios Papademetriou of the Migration Policy Institute (MPI) explains, immigration can be an economic windfall for their communities through more jobs and growth. But these benefits are not automatic nor are they evenly accrued. Policymakers at all [...]

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States and Cities Welcome Unaccompanied Children

Written by on August 8, 2014 in Border, Children with 1 Comment
States and Cities Welcome Unaccompanied Children

Many of the Central American children who crossed the U.S. border after fleeing their home countries are being placed with family members and sponsors across the country as they await hearings to adjudicate their claims to stay in the U.S., and some states and cities are welcoming them. Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal (R), who released [...]

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More Cities Charting an Immigrant-Friendly Path

Written by on July 31, 2014 in Economics with 1 Comment
More Cities Charting an Immigrant-Friendly Path

Positive changes are happening at the local level throughout the country. A growing number of cities, counties, and metropolitan areas get that welcoming immigrants for better and more comprehensive integration is good for their communities. Just within the past week, for example, the Ohio cities of Cincinnati and Springfield officially decided to become more immigrant-friendly. [...]

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White House Discusses Strengthening Communities by Welcoming Immigrants

Written by on July 17, 2014 in Economics with 2 Comments
White House Discusses Strengthening Communities by Welcoming Immigrants

This week nearly 200 leaders from communities across the U.S. gathered at the White House for a National Convening on Immigrant and Refugee Integration. Attendees included practitioners, policymakers, elected officials, researchers, business representatives, and faith leaders. The participants discussed successful initiatives, as well as challenges and opportunities for immigrant integration. “This inaugural event gave peer [...]

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Immigrants Offset Population Decline and Aging Workforce in Midwest Metros

Written by on June 25, 2014 in Demographics, Economics with 1 Comment
Immigrants Offset Population Decline and Aging Workforce in Midwest Metros

As Immigrant Heritage Month continues this June, it’s clear that an increasing number of places large and small across America recognize the value immigrants have brought and continue to bring to the United States. After all, metropolitan areas, as the drivers of the nation’s economy, are where the majority of immigrants live, and local communities [...]

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