Tag Archives: integration

IDNYC: The Route to Identity and Inclusion

As the federal government of the United States continues to stall on reforming the existing immigration system, individual states are taking it upon themselves to create new programs and services that meet the needs of their population. Significant media attention has focused on states such as Maryland or California that have issued driver’s licenses to residents without […]

How Immigrant Businesses Contribute to Place-Making and Community Development

Like many metropolitan areas in the U.S. South, Charlotte, North Carolina has grown rapidly over the past two decades. As the Charlotte Observer Editorial Board recently remarked, “Charlotte, for centuries a Southern town of black and white, has grown overnight into a global city of many hues.” This expansion includes one of the fastest growth […]

Great Beauty, Great Barriers: an Eastern European migrant in Australia’s north

Lilla Proics, a teacher and journalist in Hungary, arrived in Cairns, Australia last summer with her son and daughter. The town is a regional centre and attractive tourist spot in Australia’s north. With a fabulous coral reef in close proximity and rainforests all around, it seemed to be the perfect choice for a potential immigrant. […]

Terror, Faith and Australian Identity: A Young Muslim Migrant’s Voice

Islam is a controversial topic across the contemporary Western world. Questions about terror, race, violence and identity are often interconnected whenever the topic of the Islamic faith is raised. The Australian sociopolitical climate is becoming increasingly hostile towards Islam and its followers. To discuss these issues I spoke to Abdullahi Alim , 22 year-old Somali-born […]

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 […]

Journeying into the Hidden World of Migrants with Filmmaker Dagmawi Yimer

I didn’t want to make a scoop; I wanted to show the emotions, the fears, the attempts at getting free from the past of those who, from one day to the next, find themselves victims only because of the colour of their skin. The film allows the migrant to shed his anonymity and the public […]

Immigration: Catalyst for Political Alchemy in France

By Josh Erb In recent years, the debate around immigration in France has cultivated the rise to prominence of an intriguing political figure. Manuel Valls, who was appointed Prime Minister in March of 2014, is himself a naturalized immigrant who acquired his French citizenship at the age of 20 in 1982. Born in Barcelona, Valls […]

What are we talking about when we talk about migrants?

As a journalist I’ve long been fascinated by the interplay between public opinion, politics and migration policy, and you can’t unpack the complexities of public opinion without talking about how migrants are portrayed in the media, as Amy Clarke noted here last month. What we read or hear feeds our world view, but the exact […]

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 […]