Welcoming Communities Transatlantic Exchange

November 30th, 2016

welcoming-communities-exchange-cgup2ebu8aabjstDear Colleagues in Germany,

November 2016.  Over the past year, many of us in the United States have regarded your welcome of refugees with deep admiration. When many of Welcoming America’s members came to visit Germany this past fall through the Welcoming Communities Transatlantic Exchange, we were struck by the ways in which governments, community-based organizations, and every-day people have mobilized to help resettle a record number of refugees seeking safety and opportunity.

While here in the United States, we’ve gone through a turbulent election season and recognize there may be tough times ahead as our federal government considers a different direction regarding immigration, rest assured that Welcoming America’s efforts to create welcoming communities — where all residents feel valued and contribute – remain strong. Local communities across the nation are energized and recognize the critical role they play in creating greater opportunity and understanding for all of us.

Transatlantic learning is more important than ever as we look towards the future. As immigration continues to be a central focus in elections on both sides of the Atlantic, we are eager to share our experiences and to learn from you. We remain in awe of all that you have accomplished in Germany and look forward to new opportunities for collaboration and dialogue.

Warm regards,

Susan Downs-Karkos

Welcoming America

P.S. To learn more about the Welcoming Communities Transatlantic Exchange and new ideas we’ve brought back home, view last week’s webinar.

Welcoming Communities Transatlantic Exchange – In partnership with Cultural Vistas and Heinrich Böll Stiftung, the Welcoming Communities Transatlantic Exchange is an opportunity to share promising approaches to welcoming and integrating refugees into German and U.S. communities.  Over three years, groups of Americans and Germans will visit each other’s countries, focusing on communities that have had challenges with significant and unexpected migrant influxes or those with unique and successful approaches to addressing integration.  The program aims to build the capacity of local integration leaders and, through them, strengthen the welcoming infrastructure of the communities in which they work.



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