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In Need of a Long Welcome: Supporting the Integration of Newcomers to Portland
Center to Advance Racial Equity Publications and Reports
  • Ann Curry-Stevens, Portland State University
  • Anne Sinkey, Portland State University
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  • Immigrants -- Cultural assimilation -- Oregon -- Multnomah County,
  • Emigration and immigration -- Social aspects
Portland’s newcomer communities bring considerable assets to the region. Their legacy is one of potential untapped, as they face significant exclusion from economic and civic life, and an environment that is full of challenges without sufficient supports to help them navigate forwards into the fabric of Portland. This report, prepared in partnership with the New Portlander’s Policy Council, surfaces the history of newcomer conditions in the region, including a policy history, alongside a literature review on best practices for newcomer integration, new quantitative data on the patterns of newcomer experiences, a chapter on myths and myth-busting, and insights into five newcomer communities: Indigenous Latinos, Tongan, Iraqi, Iranian and Somali. The report concludes with the agenda for "a long welcome" for newcomer communities in Portland and the region.
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Curry-Stevens, A. & Sinkey, A. (2016). In need of a long welcome: Supporting the integration of newcomers to Portland. Portland, OR: Center to Advance Racial Equity, Portland State University.