As Europe’s politicians struggle to reach a comprehensive, clear and humane approach to migration, it’s encouraging to see how many American communities are actively welcoming immigrants.
Some 55 cities and counties across the United States have joined the network developed by Welcoming America which is leading a movement of inclusive communities which take the view that they can become more prosperous by making everyone who lives there feel like they belong.
Welcoming America connects a broad network of non-profit organisations and local governments and supports them in developing plans, programmes and policies that transform their communities into vibrant places where people respect each other and in which everyone’s talents are valued and cultivated.
Member cities and counties extend from Anchorage, Alaska to Hillsborough County, Florida and from Los Angeles, California to New York, New York and include large and small communities across the country.
These are all communities which are committed to the ongoing inclusion and long-term social and economic integration of newcomers and where local governments have specific plans to bring together the public, private and voluntary sectors to create a welcoming community climate that supports long-term integration.
Change Agency and Wiki Solutions are proud to be supporting the board and management of Welcoming America in the design and development of their strategic plans. We like their collaborative and positive approach and are impressed by what they have achieved.
We look forward to helping them flourish and to learn from them lessons that will be highly relevant to Europe in the months and years ahead.
Read more about Welcoming America at www.welcomingamerica.org, Wiki Solutions at www.wiki-soltions.com and Change Agency at www.change-agency.com