America’s future depends on the successful integration of its foreign-born population. Working with partners across the nation, the Fund’s Migration Program identifies promising ways to support the integration of the 42 million foreign-born individuals who call the United States home, allowing them to thrive while contributing to the country’s civic, cultural, and economic vibrancy.
We focus on building robust immigrant integration policies, practices, and programs at the local, state, and federal levels. To that end, we support efforts to improve the pace and quality of integration by working with receiving communities to embrace the immigrants and refugees in their midst. We address the labor market challenges facing foreigners in the United States by lifting immigrant concerns in a variety of workforce conversations and settings. To date, we have focused on underemployed newcomers who bring skills and education earned abroad and on “Dreamers” seeking to pursue their education and careers. And we advance efforts to ensure that immigrants capitalize on opportunities to live and work in the United States without fear of deportation.
The Migration Program also commissions research reports on immigrant integration topics, including municipal identification cards, local backlash against refugee resettlement, and community responses to the arrival of unaccompanied minor children from Central America. In addition, from 2008 to 2013, the Fund proudly sponsored the Migration Policy Institute’s E Pluribus Unum prizes for exceptional immigrant integration initiatives, recognizing the most innovative ideas to advance the economic, social, and civic integration of immigrants and their children.
Liz Robbins of the New York Times reports on “Terra Firma”, a legal-medical partnership specifically modeled for children who crossed the Mexican border illegally and are trying to assimilate into their new communities, and the success it has had in helping young people create new homes. The program is believed to be one of a […]