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Welcoming Cities Across the United States

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A growing number of cities in the United States are recognizing the economic and social benefits of becoming Welcoming communities. See here stories from Dayton, Ohio, Greater Detroit, and Boise, Idaho.

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Welcome Dayton Plan

Communities across America are at a decision point:  to welcome and integrate new residents and help them on a path to citizenship, or to allow old stereotypes, fears and preconceptions to hinder future success.  The City of Dayton, Ohio recognizes the importance of immigrants and according to City Manager Tim Riordan,  “Immigrants are more than twice as likely as other citizens to become entrepreneurs and create jobs. We want to … attract ..(and) encourage them to stay in our community and plant deep roots for the future.”

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Global Detroit

Global Detroit is an effort to revitalize Southeast Michigan’s economy by pursuing strategies that strengthen Detroit’s connections to the world, and that make the region more attractive and welcoming to immigrants, internationals, and foreign trade and investment.  Global Detroit has helped connect over $4 million of philanthropic investments in over a half dozen ambitious initiatives since completing an initial Global Detroit study in 2010.

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Boise, ID Plan for Refugee Resettlement Identifies Systemic Gaps for all Low-Income Populations

Boise, ID Plan for Refugee Resettlement Identifies Systemic Gaps for all Low-Income Populations

The City of Boise and the Idaho Office for Refugees convened a roundtable of community partners and resettlement agencies to understand the resettlement process, determine how refugees and resettlement agencies define successful resettlement, and explore opportunities to increase the services essential to that success. Boise’s Refugee Resource Strategic Community Plan identified and addressed issues faced by all lower-income populations – limited availability of affordable housing, limited public transportation options, lack of employment opportunities due to high unemployment, and barriers to access to health care and mental health services.

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