Toward a More Welcoming Community: Immigrant Incorporation in San Antonio

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2021

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Wasem, Ruth
Hinojosa, Gina Gabriela
Escajeda, Aaron
Perez, Ana

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San Antonio, Texas, is among leading U.S. cities that work to create a more welcoming environment for immigrants. Referred to as “welcoming communities,” the aim is to ensure that long-time residents and recent immigrants alike participate in creating stronger communities with equal opportunity. The objectives include removing barriers that traditionally prevent immigrants from fully participating in decision-making while being mindful that long-time residents have concerns about changing demographics. We have chosen the term incorporation as most appropriate for our policy research because incorporation is predicated on social cohesion between both immigrant and native-born populations.

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