Strengthening Communities by Welcoming All Residents: A Federal Strategic Action Plan on Immigrant and Refugee Integration
Today, 41.3 million immigrants, including 3 million refugees, live in the United States and offer their contributions to the country’s social and cultural fabric and economic prosperity.
Given the vital role that immigrants and refugees can play as workers, entrepreneurs and active citizens, The White House Task Force on New American's Strengthening Communities by Welcoming All Residents: A Federal Strategic Action Plan on Immigrant and Refugee Integration delineates a national immigrant and refugee integration strategy to achieve an all-inclusive participation and ultimately boost the nation's economic and social welfare. Drawing on existing national integration efforts and dialogue with business, community and immigration leaders, the report offers recommendations on how to strengthen communities through the promotion of immigrant and refugee integration. Among the recommendations, which target all Task Force members, state and local governments, the private and philanthropic sectors, and immigrants and refugees themselves, the Task Force identifies building welcoming communities, reinforcing existing pathways to naturalization and encouraging volunteerism and civic participation, supporting skill development, entrepreneurship, and new American workers, increasing opportunities for linguistic integration and education.
The White House Task Force on New Americans. (2015). Strengthening Communities by Welcoming All Residents: A Federal Strategic Action Plan on Immigrant and Refugee Integration. The White House. Washington:DC.