NOTE: The Welcoming New Hampshire website will be up again soon!
MIRA's Welcoming New Hampshire initiative, launched in 2012, works to bring the foreign born and native born together to achieve a positive integration of immigrants and refugees into the social fabric of their receiving communities. Through education and cultural activities that both engage non-immigrant audiences and empower immigrants to claim their own voices, Welcoming New Hampshire strives to build an understanding of the impact and contributions of immigrants that will lead to stronger and more inclusive communities and fight back against the anti-immigrant sentiment that has divided so many.
In the past two years Welcoming NH has successfully built bridges of trust between foreign and native born, engaged diverse stakeholders across sectors, and promoted the contributions of New Hampshire’s immigrant and refugee communities. Concord, Manchester and Nashua have signed Welcoming resolutions, with Laconia not far behind. In collaboration with active Welcoming committees and many partner organizations in those cities, we have hosted presentations and community conversations across the state; launched an integrated media campaign in print, broadcast and social media; and organized a cross-sector statewide Welcoming Conference on September 16, 2016 in Manchester, with the theme of “Building New Hampshire's Economic Future.”
In the coming year, we will build on the foundation of Welcoming work to advance bipartisan support for immigrant integration within New Hampshire, at both the local and state level, and promote an atmosphere of equity, inclusion, and empowerment, through (1) activities that advance immigrant civic engagement; (2) building immigrant community leadership, especially among youth; and (3) programs to fight ant-immigrant bias among receiving communities. Celebrating and supporting immigrant and refugee participation in the civic and social fabric of U.S. life will help hold up a model of immigrant investment in our society, and encourage immigrants to have both a shared voice and shared responsibility in their communities—as citizens, voters, and active participants in civic institutions, from public meetings to local boards to chambers of commerce to government offices.
For more information or to get involved in this initiative email Welcoming NH Director Eva Castillo. Welcoming New Hampshire is proud to be supported by the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation and the New Hampshire Endowment for Health.