Various new programs are being implemented in cities that expect or hope to attract more immigrants. From well established names such as Welcoming America to new programs called Welcoming Cities and Counties initiative, the goal is to create a welcome environment in communities for immigrants.
Many of these groups attempt to form a cooperation and respect between foreign born and U.S. born Americans. By creating a welcoming atmosphere, communities are able to help immigrants integrate into their society easily. Furthermore, many cities have recognized that attracting and retaining immigrants will help give them a competitive edge among other local governments and communities. In fact several large cities nationwide are jumping on the bandwagon with these groups to help attract immigrants. Business and political leaders in St. Louis, Missouri recently announced their plan to welcome immigrants to the “gateway to the west.” Through methods of cooperation between business leaders, the local government and institutions, immigrants are predicted to come to St. Louis and help recover a faltering economy.
Another program has already released important information of what successful cities do to attract and keep immigrants in their areas. Any program or activity that could help an immigrant succeed is a good investment in the future. Residents who are eager to help out help create a cohesive atmosphere and promote diversity. Immigrants “not only help stem population loss, alleviate aging population trends, and fill labor market gaps, but they also inject new energy into local economies and boost housing markets.” Additionally with more immigrants opening small businesses in communities, local city leaders are interested in implementing immigrants integration initiatives to help residents. Immigrants contribute to communities far more than economically, but expand the social and cultural features. They develop more vibrant and diverse communities that are more open to learning from each other.
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