A look at policy as a successful immigrant integration role in the receiving community. The receiving community is located in Tennessee, USA. In 2006, the TIRRC (Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition) started a pilot program with two communities. The newcomers were from Iraq, Somalia, and Sudan and the local native borne population. The locals were not accustomed to hearing foreign languages or to seeing immigrants in their daily lives. The policy of inclusion rather than isolationism was chosen in Tennessee with many examples across the USA.(Jones-Correa, 2011)
Direct contact between the newcomers and the local native population over 5 years period begin to have results. For example, through the means of billboards on Tennessee highways, to letters to the editor in local papers, to church bulletin advertisements. This leads to a framework model based on the local and national levels such as nonprofit, civic, religious, philanthropic, business, and government entities as well as elected officials.
Strategies suggested include four keys. Number one is encouraging local leadership. Number two is fostering contact between immigrants and the native borne. Number three is building partnerships between state and local government and new residents. Finally, reframing the issues to counter misconceptions about immigrants.
Policy recommendations are recommended on a multi-level of government and civil society. First, in the absence of immigration reforms, it is essential that the federal government be involved in mitigated immigration. Second, the State and the locale governments should expanded not contract its immigration affairs because it is the only front line for local integration. Third, nongovernmental actors have always been a significant role in providing aid to immigrate community and to the local native borne population. Finally, funders and foundations need to expand their efforts among native populations to provide a more balanced approach.
In conclusion, in the framework, the strategies, and policy recommendations lies a point of balance in the time of budget cutbacks. The time for all actors to stay involved is critical not cutting back.
Jones-Correa, M.(2011). All Immigration Is Local. Center for American Progress