Advancing Immigrant Incorporation in Austin, TX

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2021

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Wasem, Ruth
Escajeda, Aaron
Perez, Ana
McConnell, Micaela
Uruchima, Tania

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Austin is one of the fastest growing cities in the United States and is identified as an emerging gateway for immigrants. The single largest source country for immigrants to Austin continues to be Mexico, but immigrants from Asia are increasing in numbers and relative proportion. Immigrants from Africa doubled over the past decade and make up 4 percent of the foreign-born population. In other words, Austin’s foreign-born residents are increasingly diverse. This report serves to inform the City of Austin as it advances its immigrant incorporation efforts and focuses on five policy areas that the City of Austin can advance: 1) leadership and governance; 2) civic engagement and inclusivity; 3) economic prosperity and job growth; 4) livability; and 5) community resilience.

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