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How Not To Get Sick in the Imperial Valley

Author: David Bacon Date: February 20, 2012 Source: New America Media Until his knee gave out, Ramon Villa Jr. dreamed he’d be a soccer star.  Across Seeley’s pitted playing field of dirt and grass, he and his friends would chase the ball through the desert sunset every day after school.  Seeley’s de facto town center is […]
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Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs, New York City, New York

The Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs (MOIA) works with immigrants, community-based organizations and city government agencies to promote the well-being of immigrant communities. The office recommends policies and programs that facilitate successful integration of recent immigrants and uses outreach to get important information about these programs to immigrant communities. It has been successful in identifying city services that are accessible to immigrants, arranging meetings and conversations between city officials and community leaders and identifying the best outreach strategies to immigrant communities.
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Municipal Innovations in Immigrant Integration: 20 cities, 20 Good Practices

The second issue in the National League of Cities’ Municipal Action for Immigrant Integration American Cities Series, Municipal Innovations in Immigrant Integration: 20 Cities, 20 Good Practices features twenty of the most innovative US cities in the area of immigrant integration. These cities are diverse, ranging in size and geographic location. Yet, each highlights good examples of immigrant integration programs, whether through public-private partnerships, advisory initiatives, or action-oriented programs.
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Princeton Community ID Card, Princeton, New Jersey

Starting on May 22, 2010, all Princeton Township residents became eligible to obtain the Princeton Community ID Card. Each ID card shows personal identification information, medical risk factors, and emergency contact information for the cardholder. This card extends recognition to traditionally excluded members of the community and allows them access to basic services. Yet, the program benefits the entire Princeton community by facilitating the work of law enforcement with police, fire, and EMS personnel now having contact information for anyone who requires assistance despite injury or language barriers.
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Office of Latino Affairs, Washington, D.C.

The Mayor’s Office on Latino Affairs (OLA) has served the Latino community since 1976. The office works with the local government and community organizations to learn and be able to inform the Latino community about the different city services available to them. OLA serves as the mayor’s liaison on issues concerning the Latino community. It also provides partnership and outreach services to DC’s Latino residents through its Community Relations and Outreach Program. This program disseminates information and educational services to Latino residents and fosters community partnerships to gather information and design better programs to serve the Latino community.
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New American Initiative, Columbus, Ohio

Created in 2002, Columbus’s New American Initiative tries to create solutions to the challenges facing new immigrants. The initiative has several broad goals: Increase immigrant access to city services; provide fair resource distribution to all city residents; empower new arrivals towards self-sufficiency; and enhance activities that foster greater appreciation for diverse cultures.
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Muslim Family Safety Project

Changing Ways is an organization founded in 1982 in London, Ontario as a result of a research project which recommended the development of a program for men as part of an integrated community response to violence against women. During the past five years, their program “Muslim Family Safety Project” (MFSP) has been very successful in […]
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Migration and Child Welfare National Network

Leading organizations in the fields of immigration and child welfare have come together to increase the effectiveness of the child welfare system's and other corresponding systems' response to migration issues. These organizations constitute the founding members of the Migration and Child Welfare National Network (MCWNN). The network currently has four main areas of focus, formed into committees, related to migration and child welfare: Policy/advocacy, promising practices, research and evaluation; and transnational relations.
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Cities of Migration organizes webinar on migrants’ health

Cities of Migration has organized a 60 minute webinar on: Healthy Communities: Improving Immigrant Access to Healthcare. Staying healthy means knowing when and where to go for medical help and having access to experts who can speak your language, culturally and linguistically. The webinar explores innovative strategies for improving access to healthcare in immigrant communities […]
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Cuts to Integration Budgets in US and the EU

Recession-battered European countries made cuts to their integration programs in 2009. These cuts have continued in 2010 exception made of Germany, only EU-country that has increased integration spending. In the United Kingdom and the Netherlands, the combination of recession and new policies are impacting on integration programs. The governing coallition in the United Kingdom has […]
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Migrant women, leading fighters for domestic workers’ rights in the US

Migrant women make up a growing proportion of home-based employees in the United States, including caregivers for children, the elderly and those with disabilities, housekeepers and nannies. Mobilization of this collective is, however, challenging. They are often worried about their precarious immigration status. CASA de Maryland and Domestic Workers United (DWU), two leading migrants’ organizations […]
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UNHCR and CoE: How can refugees learn to trust the state again?

UNHCR and the Council of Europe organized a round table of experts in Strasbourg in order to examine the role of local integration and resettlement as a means of addressing refugee problems and finding durable solutions. “The purpose of the round table was to hold a fruitful exchange of views and ideas as to how […]
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Health Initiative of the Americas (HIA)

Health Initiative of the Americas (HIA) coordinates and optimizes resources in the United States, Mexico, and other Latin American countries to increase access to and use of health services, expand health insurance coverage, improve health outcomes, reduce health disparities, enhance the cultural competency of health care personnel, and implement innovative strategies to address unmet health needs of the Latino-origin population living and working in the United States.
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Destination Casa Blanca returns with a series on immigration

Destination Casa Blanca is weekly round-table discussion of the Hispanic Information and Telecommunications Network (HITN). Focusing on political debate and news analysis on relevant areas for the US Latino community, the series features a series of discussions on immigration. It includes discussion about the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act (D.R.E.A.M Act); the […]
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AkiDwA Migrant Women’s Health Project

AkiDwA Migrant Women's Health Project Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) focuses on conducting research on the health needs, in relation to FGM, of African/Migrant women in order to improve and inform service delivery and to influence mainstream policy. AkiDwA estimates in 2010 that there are over 3,170 women living in Ireland who have undergone FGM and over 11,500 women living there from FGM practicing countries. A FGM Health Forum was recruited and created and acts as an expert advisory group to the Project by means of sharing information and networking. A preliminary estimate for the number of women by country of origin and age group who are resident in Ireland and living with FGM was calculated using 2006 census data and published and updated in 2010. Collaboration with Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, MSc Women’s Health to write the first ever Irish handbook on FGM entitled “Female Genital Mutilation: Information for Health-Care Professionals Working in Ireland” it was launched in January 2009. Over 1,400 copies of the Handbook have been distributed in Ireland and internationally.
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Refugees Building a Life Through Sport

The Western Bulldogs Football Club in Melbourne, playing in the elite Australian Football League, is committed to helping refugees and other disadvantaged settlers make a new life in Australia. This is achieved through its community arm "Spirit West Services" with a focus on building smarter, engaged, healthier and 'sustainable' communities. The aim is to encourage education, employment, strong families and a healthy life style through sport. The Club is committed to connecting new settlers with their community and is active in promoting civics through the hosting of a Refugee Week Australian citizenship ceremony.
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How to work on Women’s Health issues across cultural differences

Female genital mutilation (FGM – also known as Female genital cutting), is a practice linked to cultural traditions that leads to severe physical and mental health consequences. It origins from earlier than Christianity and Islam, and is practiced heavily in certain parts of Asia and Africa. Despite an international protocol to end FGM and laws […]
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Internal migration in China, an integration challenge

An estimated number of 200 million Chinese migrants has left the countryside and lives in cities. These internal migrants lack access to basic rights such as schooling, housing and education. A recent conference organized by the Association for Canadian Studies, with China’s Fudan University and the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, highlighted that the use […]
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Mentorship Program for Ethnic Youth-at-Risk

The London InterCommunity Health Centre (LIHC) operates an innovative program in partnership with several local organizations of London, Ontario, Canada. The Ethno-Racial Mentoring Program matches 80 young people with mentors that will address their specific integration needs. The program aims to engage the young participants in the community as a way to help them step […]
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Municipal Association of Victoria

The MAV's Multicultural Policy Adviser position works with local government across the State of Victoria. It supports the capacity of local government to address cultural and linguistic diversity issues in service delivery and community relations. It also represents local government as a sector in forums with other levels of government and with (not for profit) community sector organizations.
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Family services for Refugees

Family services - rules of engagement While we draw alongside refugees to help them and their families settle successfully in Australia we do this by honouring and hearing their story as it is told. We respect the heritage of each individual, community and culture and believe that each person can harness his or her own resources. We accept that for him/her a fact is a fact and their perception is reality. The power of imparting information remains with them. In any individual or group process we work to empower by taking time to sit quietly and wait expectantly- this helps build safety, being open to hear about crisis in the refugee’s terms, being with without becoming overwhelmed by fear, not passing judgment, proceeding at the refugee’s pace, trusting, not asking too many...
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Integration of traumatized asylum seekers

The Federal agencies in the field of health and migration support diverse measures which help traumatized refugees to become integrated in the Swiss society. The federal Office for Migration supports especially the research in this domain as well as specialized psycho-therapeutical services and social integration measures. The federal agencies momentarily finance 4 pilot-projects which offer specific case management for asylum seekers helping them to re-integrate into the labor market. On the one hand measures are implemented dealing with counseling and psychotherapy and on the other hand work-integration is fostered. From these projects knowledge should be gained how state agencies could better coordinate between the target group of the asylum seekers and the services for integration into the labor market...
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Migrants Right to Health in South Africa

While the right to access healthcare is guaranteed by the South African constitution, migrants still continue to face challenges in accessing care.
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ACIDI – Evaluation of the National Immigrant Support Centres

IOM is currently conducting the 3rd Evaluation of the National Immigrant Support Services in Portugal (ACIDI). The evaluations have allowed to determine the relevance, the level of achievement of project objectives, and their impact. Another major feature of the evaluations is that they also feed lessons learned into the decision-making process of the project stakeholders and national partners. The first evaluation concerned only the National Immigrant support centres, but currently ACIDI decided to evaluate other support services, namely the Local centres, the SOS Immigrant Telephone Line and the Telephone translation service. Qualitative and quantitative methods and techniques have been applied, such as Interviews (immigrants associations; public agencies representatives) and surveys (immigrant’s users...
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Sustaining Settlement of Sudanese Refugees – Australia

In 2008 the Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) funded Lutheran Community Care (LCC) New Settler Services to conduct an investigation into sustaining the settlement of Sudanese humanitarian entrants in Murray Bridge, a regional city in South Australia, Australia. Since 2001 Murray Bridge has attracted hundreds of humanitarian entrants from various ethnic backgrounds in search of employment. The intention of the local community is to retain these new settlers and encourage others to make their home in the town. The results of the project enabled planners and settlement workers to better understand the migratory patterns (circulatory and permanent) and motivations of humanitarian entrants to and from Murray Bridge; understand both the advantages and disadvantages of life...
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migraSEARCH

"migraSEARCH" is the latest online-tool of the Austrian Integration Fund. The optimized Google search engine scans about 750 websites which cover relevant topics on integration and migration. The ÖIF migraSEARCH allows a more efficient and faster research and an elimination of spreading loss whilst providing more accurate results. To optimize the results one can also choose certain file-types and dates of publication...
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Migration statistics for effective integration policy

One must be aware of the facts in order to discuss integration. The figures and data compiled in the 2009 Statistics Yearbook for Integration are key to developing effective integration policy. The ÖIF and Statistics Austria's brochure "Migration & Integration 2009 Data.Facts.Figures" establishes a knowledge base from which many people can benefit. Statistics should be used to understand the issue of integration. One must know the facts in order to talk about integration and be able to develop effective political integration measures. With the brochure "Migration & Integration 2009 Data.Facts.Figures" the ÖIF and Statistics Austria create a sound knowledge base that benefits everyone involved in and interested in this field. The Austrian Integration Fund and Statistics Austria developed this publication...
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Settlement and Integration in a small city

This community-based study looks at the settlement experiences of family immigrants in Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada. The importance of this study is in the opportunity to learn about settlement challenges newcomers face in smaller communities. This study helps to understand what changes need to be made in order to better serve and support their on-going transition. The best practices discovered as a result of this research are as follows: information and education about the diversity of cultural norms needs to be introduced to a community at every level to facilitate understanding and cooperation. Greater collaboration between organizations working with immigrants will help the integration process. The main reasons that retain newcomers are: affordability of basic life needs, accessibility and proximity to services (health care,...
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A media platform providing info on migration and integration themes

The purpose of this magazine is to make an objective, clear, and solution-oriented contribution to the discussion on migration, refugees, and integration. Focus on Integration is a media platform providing information about new projects, research, and initiatives for those working in the field of integration and migration. Focus on Integration is published quarterly for partners, NGOs, key communicators, employees, and others interested in the subject of integration. There are also special editions, such as the "European Funds" issue. Focus on Integration is an informational magazine aimed at the meeting users' needs: current reports on the ÖIF's plans and projects, experts, NGOs, and others working in the field of migration and integration can publish material on their projects and expertise, following the international and...
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The Integration Award for Sports

State Secretary, Dr. Reinhold Lopatka, initiated the "Association to Encourage Integration through Sports" and created the "Integration Award for Sports" in cooperation with the Austrian Integration Fund (ÖIF). Successful integration is combined with positive images in sports, contributing to an increased sense of "togetherness". When people of different nationalities, religions, or with different worldviews meet through sports, there is generally no room for reservations; skills like tolerance, fairness, team spirit, and solidarity can be explored and shared. A jury comprising individuals from the fields of sports, business, and social affairs selects the best projects. They look closely at qualities like sustainability, originality, working method, visibility, and the level of volunteerism. The only condition is that the projects must have already...
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Migrants are offered private counseling at their apartments

The Austrian Integration Fund (ÖIF) offers mobile integration support based at their integration centers and integration houses. Integration counselors regularly visit recognized refugees and people granted subsidiary protection in the communities in which they live. The integration counselors are local contacts for their clients and community residents. ÖIF mobile integration support provides concrete advantages for recognized refugees, people granted subsidiary protection, and communities. Mobile integration support is not a project, but rather an organizational concept of the integration centers and integration houses. Mobile support is currently being offered in Styria in the following areas: Judenburg, Leoben, Trofaiach, Eisenerz, Kapfenberg, Graz, Wagna and other select communities. The purpose of mobile support is to...
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Drop-in service to assist African refugees day to day

Mount Alexander Shire Council's Castlemaine African community project supports African Australians from a refugee background to settle in the town of Castlemaine, an old gold mining town of 10,000 people about 120 km from the city of Melbourne, Australia. The Council employs two project staff including a coordinator and multi-lingual community support worker who speaks Dinka, Arabic and English. The council project provides an informal drop-in service which assists people day to day in settlement related matters such as making calls with interpreters, developing resumes, understanding forms and providing broad advice on other supports or information available to people. The project has an adult work experience program placing people with local small businesses to diversify their skills beyond the meat factory where most work...
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A virtual exploration of Franco-African immigrants’ arrival in Alberta – Canada

The Karibuni (Ki-Swahili for Welcome) DVD documentary, created by Victor Moke-Ngala, takes participants on a virtual exploration of Franco-African immigrants’ arrival in Alberta. Through this documentary, participants learn of the journey Franco-Africans take in leaving their original homes, arriving in Canada, experiencing the challenges and barriers to integration and eventually finding support and joining welcoming communities within their new home country. The Karibuni manual provides further education and resources in the area of migration to Canada to help participants build a more in-depth awareness and knowledge about the experiences, barriers and challenges newcomers face. The Karibuni manual offers education in the area of: understanding migrant issues, understanding the concept of integration...
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