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.