Working Together: Building Successful Policy and Program Partnerships for Immigrant Integration

Author
Els de Graauw, Irene Bloemraad
Content Type
Journal Article
Journal
Journal on Migration and Human Security
Volume
5
Issue Number
1
Publication Date
Institution
Center for Migration Studies of New York
Abstract
Supporting and investing in the integration of immigrants and their children is critically important to US society. Successful integration contributes to the nation’s economic vitality, its civic and political health, and its cultural diversity. But although the United States has a good track record on immigrant integration, outcomes could be better. A national, coherent immigrant integration policy infrastructure is needed. This infrastructure can build on long-standing partnerships between civil society and US public institutions. Such partnerships, advanced under Republican- and Democratic-led administrations, were initially established to facilitate European immigrants’ integration in large American cities, and later extended to help refugees fleeing religious persecution and war. In the twenty-first century, we must expand this foundation by drawing on the growing activism by cities and states, new civil society initiatives, and public-private partnerships that span the country.
Topic
Migration
Political Geography
America