Migration Policy Institute
Integration Challenges and Opportunities in the Economic Development and Refugee Resettlement Arenas
Margie McHugh, Director, National Center on Immigrant Integration Policy, MPI
Annie Wilson, Chief Strategy Officer, Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service
Steve Tobocman, Director, Global Detroit, WE Global Network
This webinar will address two distinct, significant areas—economic development and refugee resettlement—that were a focus of robust discussion in recommendations submitted by a number of leading organizations and networks to the White House Task Force on New Americans. In the case of economic development, issues and actions related to programs and initiatives of the Departments of Commerce, Housing, and Urban Development and Treasury, among others, were put forth by groups seeking to unleash the entrepreneurial energy of immigrants and refugees and maximize their ability to contribute to economic growth. And given the deep engagement of private groups and state governments in resettling refugees, it is not surprising that extensive input was provided to the task force on ways to better support the integration of refugees and lessons and infrastructure from the refugee resettlement that might be adapted to aid in the integration of immigrants. This discussion will treat the two topics separately while also noting important areas of overlap.
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