Author Archives: Paul McDaniel

National Immigrant Integration Conference Highlights Innovative Initiatives in States and Cities

Exploring immigration and immigrant integration trends through a state and local level lens is increasingly popular among the broader media and national policymakers. More spotlights are being shone on the innovative integration initiatives in a growing number of cities. These initiatives are often the result of cross-sector collaborations of local civic, elected, government, non-profit, business, […]

Creating Welcoming Communities for Immigrant and Refugee Integration

On November 20th, President Obama announced that his administration is making modifications to the U.S. immigration system, an announcement formally referred to as Immigration Accountability Executive Action. These executive actions , coming after long debate but inaction in Congress, include deferred action for up to 4.9 million undocumented immigrants currently in the U.S. who meet […]

New Geographies of Immigrant Suburban and Metropolitan Settlement

The geography of immigrant settlement in the United States has undergone many transitions. In the past, immigrants largely settled in traditional gateway cities such as New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. While those cities continue to receive immigrant newcomers, immigrant settlement patterns in the U.S. today differ dramatically from the past. Not only […]

Migration, the Millennium Development Goals, and Post-2015 Development

As the world approaches its 2015 deadline to achieve the United Nations (UN) Millennium Development Goals, a variety of voices are beginning to assess and comment upon what progress has been made on reaching each goal, and how much further we have to go. The UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) are a set of targets […]

Cities Highlight Good Ideas for Immigrant Integration at International Conference

As more cities around the world implement innovative strategies to welcome immigrants and newcomers, they’re also sharing what they’ve learned with one another and with other cities exploring ways to become places of welcome. As such, the 2014 Cities of Migration Conference, coordinated by Cities of Migration and the Maytree Foundation, was held in June […]

June is Immigrant Heritage Month in the United States

“Everywhere immigrants have enriched and strengthened the fabric of American life.” ― John F. Kennedy Although the United States’ has a long history as an immigrant country, this June marks the first annual Immigrant Heritage Month. Welcome.us, a “non-profit dedicated to celebrating a United States that is fueled by an immigrant tradition,” is leading the […]

Migration Geography Research: Immigration Advocacy and New Spaces of Welcome

As the broader conversation around immigration reform in the United States continues, the 2014 special issue of the Annals of the Association of American Geographers—the premier journal for major research articles in all fields of geography—is devoted to migration. The eighteen papers in this issue cover a lot of ground geographically, investigating migration from, to, […]

Access to Education is an Important Component of Immigrant Integration

“Today, education is perhaps the most important function of state and local governments. Compulsory school attendance laws and the great expenditures for education both demonstrate our recognition of the importance of education to our democratic society. It is required in the performance of our most basic public responsibilities, even service in the armed forces. It […]

Many Families Spending the Holidays Separated because of Broken U.S. Immigration System

As millions of families gather together this Christmas, millions more remain separated as a result of the United States’ broken and byzantine immigration system. Outdated visa quotas, lengthy processing backlogs and wait times—often stretching for years or decades—for visa and permanent residency applications are part of the problem. Meanwhile, a costly enforcement bureaucracy that increasingly […]

Why is Immigrant Integration Important?

When states and municipalities pass and implement anti-immigrant legislation, they are an example of cutting off the nose to spite the face. Arizona did this with S.B. 1070, Alabama did it with H.B 56, and Georgia did it with H.B. 87. Families, communities, and economies within those states suffered as a result. In these instances, […]