What is Integration?
The Center for Immigrant Integration seeks to encourage the development of immigrant integration initiatives throughout its network through the creation of resources and trainings and through the dissemination of best practices currently present in CLINIC affiliate agencies. CLINIC believes that efforts to promote immigrant integration are most successful at the local level. Participation in integration initiatives is required from both the newcomer and the receiving community, as integration takes place at Catholic Charities agencies as well as in the parish halls, in parks and city office buildings, in libraries, and in neighborhood schools. Find CLINIC’s philosophy and common vocabulary about immigrant integration in the Laying the Foundation section of this website, tools and inspiration for creating a new program under Building the Program, and resources to use when pursuing partnerships with various local groups under Expanding into the Community.
CLINIC’s White Paper provides a better understanding of immigrant integration as a concept and contextualizes it in the work that CLINIC does through its roots in Catholic social teaching.
The Center for Immigrant Integration offers several tools to better understand immigrant integration – its definition, what it looks like, who is responsible for making it happen, and how to get an agency ready to work on integration as an agency goal.
Immigrant integration is an agency goal for many CLINIC affiliates. Learn from those doing the work through the many affiliate highlights included here, ranging from simple initiatives to complex programs. Find program development resources here on the most common integration efforts: citizenship test preparation classes, ESL classes, and tax assistance services.
Immigrant integration efforts are ongoing and multilateral. After an agency decides to make integration a priority and begins its efforts, work then needs to be done to expand the work out into the greater community. This work can include partnering with city government, working with local parishes or libraries, creating cross-cultural events, among others.