Cities Are Taking Steps to Attract and Integrate Immigrants

MeBIC partner  New American Economy has released data examining how the nation’s 100 largest cities are faring at welcoming and integrating immigrants.

The NAE Cities Index looks at the characteristics of cities that have high or emerging immigrant populations, and at the role that public policies can play in helping cities attract and ensure that immigrants have enhanced possibilities of reaching their full potential.   NAE also reports on socio-economic outcomes and  best practices of cities that have successfully welcomed and integrated immigrants.

Maine needs people, including immigrants, to stem the state’s “demographic winter” and worsening labor force shortages.  The NAE Cities Index can help Maine’s policy makers gauge various ways that our cities can step up to help immigrants succeed personally, and in turn help Maine’s communities and economy to grow and thrive.