Magazine article Nation's Cities Weekly

NLC Discussion Guide Examines Integrating Immigrants into Civic Life

Magazine article Nation's Cities Weekly

NLC Discussion Guide Examines Integrating Immigrants into Civic Life

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"Civic Engagement and Recent Immigrant Communities," a new discussion guide developed by NLC's Center for Research and Innovation, presents local officials with the first steps and directions for developing or re-establishing efforts toward integrating immigrants into the civic life of the city.

The publication, made possible by a grant from the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, provides guidance for conducting meetings with small groups of local leaders that are representative of the many cultural and ethnic facets of the community. It includes suggested agendas, background materials, planning considerations and successful formats for civic engagement.

For any community, immigration can be a challenge and a great opportunity. How local governments deal with this issue can have a major impact on the political climate, school system, public services, and economic prosperity.

Engaging recent immigrants, and strengthening relationships, can have a number of benefits, including:

* Educating recent immigrants about their rights and responsibilities and the services provided by local government;

* Educating local government about the needs, goals, cultural traditions and patterns of communication of recent immigrant groups;

* Fostering communication and helping to resolve tensions and divisions between different groups of people in the community;

* Creating an environment where new leaders will emerge; and

* Encouraging recent immigrants to contribute their own time and skills to solving public problems. …

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