Integration

Immigrants Contribute to North Carolina’s Economic Vitality

Written by on June 18, 2015 in Economics, Integration with 0 Comments
Immigrants Contribute to North Carolina’s Economic Vitality

With one of the highest growth rates for the immigrant population since 1990, there is mounting evidence that North Carolina’s immigrant population is a crucial contributor to the state’s economy. A new report from the North Carolina Justice Center finds that immigrants generate a larger share of economic activity in North Carolina than their share […]

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Son of Migrant Farmworkers Named U.S. Poet Laureate

Written by on June 17, 2015 in Integration with 0 Comments
Son of Migrant Farmworkers Named U.S. Poet Laureate

The next poet laureate of the United States is Juan Felipe Herrera, the son of migrant farm workers. Herrera will be the first-ever Chicano poet laureate, signaling, as the Los Angeles Times put it, “…an acknowledgment of the importance of Spanish and bilingual culture in America.” Herrera writes in English and Spanish, often using both […]

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U.S. Ranks 9th out of 38 Countries in Migrant Integration Policy Index Results

Written by on June 12, 2015 in Integration with 0 Comments
U.S. Ranks 9th out of 38 Countries in Migrant Integration Policy Index Results

Immigration policy analysts released the Migrant Integration Policy Index (MIPEX) results for the United States recently, including the survey’s implications for immigration and integration policy in the U.S. MIPEX is a tool which measures the immigration and integration policies of 38 countries across 167 indicators in eight policy areas: labor market mobility, family reunification, education, […]

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White House Task Force Unveils Federal Immigrant Integration Recommendations

Written by on April 20, 2015 in Administration, Integration with 1 Comment
White House Task Force Unveils Federal Immigrant Integration Recommendations

In cities and states across the country, there has been growing momentum towards building better immigrant and refugee integration programs . Yet there hasn’t been an official federal immigrant integration strategy until now. Last week, the White House Task Force on New Americans—an interagency effort to develop a coordinated federal strategy to better integrate newcomers […]

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Charlotte, NC Capitalizing on the Benefits of Immigrant Entrepreneurs

Written by on March 25, 2015 in Business, Economics, Entrepreneurship, Integration with 0 Comments
Charlotte, NC Capitalizing on the Benefits of Immigrant Entrepreneurs

Charlotte, North Carolina, like many southern metropolitan areas, has grown rapidly in recent decades. In 2013, when Charlotte declared itself a “welcoming city,” one in ten residents (10.1 percent) in the Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill metropolitan area were foreign-born, while one-third (32.6 percent) of “Main Street” business owners were foreign-born. “Main Street” businesses are the shops and […]

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Groups Recommend How the White House Could Boost Immigrant Entrepreneurs

Groups Recommend How the White House Could Boost Immigrant Entrepreneurs

Immigrant entrepreneurs and small business owners contribute to local economies, often forming the backbone of neighborhoods. As part of his November announcement on immigration executive action, President Obama signed a presidential memorandum that creates a White House Task Force on New Americans to explore ways to strengthen federal immigrant and refugee integration. The task force […]

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Immigrant Entrepreneurs Bring Vitality to Main Street, Help Local Economies Grow

Written by on January 16, 2015 in Business, Entrepreneurship, Integration with 2 Comments
Immigrant Entrepreneurs Bring Vitality to Main Street, Help Local Economies Grow

Midtown Global Market, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, is a place where vendors hawk fresh produce, baked goods, coffee and espressos, and arts and jewelry. And as its more than 40 different businesses represent people from five continents, the market is one example of how a city can cultivate the entrepreneurial potential of immigrants. Midtown Global Market […]

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The Cost of Citizenship is a Barrier for Some Immigrants

Written by on January 9, 2015 in Demographics, Integration with 3 Comments
The Cost of Citizenship is a Barrier for Some Immigrants

Of the 13.3 million legal permanent residents (LPRs) in the United States, 8.8 million are currently eligible for citizenship. Many, however, are not making the leap from legal permanent resident status to citizen. The number of those naturalizing has been less than 800,000 for the past five consecutive years, and in 2013, a mere 8.9 […]

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How Mayors Are Supporting Obama’s Immigration Actions

Written by on December 1, 2014 in Executive Action, Integration with 1 Comment
How Mayors Are Supporting Obama’s Immigration Actions

Mayors around the country are voicing their support for executive action on immigration and are exploring how their cities can better align with the White House’s announced changes. At least 25 mayors from around the country have formed Cities United for Immigration Action, a coalition to support and implement executive action on immigration. “Our cities […]

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Immigrants Increasingly Moving to Suburbs Across the U.S.

Written by on November 13, 2014 in Integration with 0 Comments
Immigrants Increasingly Moving to Suburbs Across the U.S.

Realtors and homebuilders in Houston’s sprawling suburbs are adapting to the metro area’s increasingly diverse immigrant population. That means local homebuilders are adding culturally nuanced features commonly found in Latin American and Mediterranean-style homes to new home plans, and realtors are taking classes in feng shui to appeal to Asian homebuyers. In 2013, 23 percent […]

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