NLC, Cities of Migration Project Collaborate to Share Stories of Successful Urban Integration
Straub, Amanda M., Durana, Jamie, Nation's Cities Weekly
NLC and Cities of Migration (CoM) are collaborating to promote the successful integration of immigrants into local communities in the United States and internationally. The NLC-CoM partnership represents a new opportunity for success stories from U.S. cities to reach an audience of global city leaders, integration experts and local stakeholders from the public, private and community sectors.
The collaboration between NLC's Municipal Action for Immigrant Integration (MAII) project and CoM will center on a common agenda for creating inclusive communities and promoting urban prosperity.
Among the many activities in the partnership, MAII and CoM will engage in information exchanges, hold joint education efforts, and develop integration programming and learning materials. In particular, the two projects will use webinars to bring national and international city and community leaders together for virtual city-to-city learning exchanges on good integration practices and strategies for local success.
"The Municipal Action for Immigrant Integration project is pleased to collaborate with the Cities of Migration project," said Ricardo Gambetta, NLC's program manager for inclusive communities. "CoM has a recognized track record of featuring initiatives that promote diversity, inclusive communities and a shared agenda for urban prosperity. This partnership will allow NLC to plug into best practices and local efforts of immigrant integration on an international level."
Immigrant integration is the process of connecting immigrants with their new communities. Local officials, community leaders and ordinary citizens strive to include these new residents at work, school and in local neighborhoods and encourage their participation in the democratic process.
Strong community involvement by immigrants ensures a more inclusive and stable community, reduces crime and poverty and maximizes the social, economic and cultural contribution of the immigrant communities to the life of the city. …