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New Report Shines Light on Path to Local Immigrant Integration

BIC_WSContact: Jessica ‘Jessicalee’ White, Researcher and Program Coordinator, Building Integrated Communities/Latino Migration Project
JL4@email.unc.edu; Tel. 610-220-3782; Fax 919-962-0398

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

New Report Shines Light on Path to Local Immigrant Integration
BIC assessment reveals experiences, recommendations of diverse foreign-born residents in Winston-Salem and Forsyth County

Winston-Salem, NC, August 3, 2015: Researchers from the Latino Migration Project at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill published findings today from a year-long assessment of the more than 32,000 foreign-born residents in Forsyth County. The research was conducted as part of Winston-Salem Building Integrated Communities (BIC), a collaborative initiative of the Winston-Salem Department of Human Relations, local residents and organization leaders, and the Latino Migration Project. It represents the first major step in an innovative, three-year planning process to address the issues facing local newcomers, enhance access to leadership opportunities, promote economic development, and improve relationships.

The report is currently available to the public in English at http://migration.unc.edu/programs/bic/reports-and-resources/ . A full Spanish translation will also be published this week.

In addition to providing a demographic profile complete with mapped population percentages, the report highlights the input of more than 200 Forsyth County residents from 23 different countries of origin who completed surveys about their local experiences, as well as 200 residents who participated in public meetings in March and April. An Executive Summary describes major issues that residents identified: Public transportation, discrimination by police, documentation status, domestic violence/intimate partner violence, driver’s licenses and alternative ID, educational support, English language education, government communication, healthcare access, neighborhood crime, recreational resources, and workplace discrimination.

Winston-Salem BIC will use its enhanced understanding of the issues affecting local communities to create a comprehensive action plan for local immigrant integration. Foreign-born residents of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County are especially invited to participate in the planning process. Interested residents should contact Jessica ‘Jessicalee’ White, BIC Researcher and Coordinator, at 919-962-2414 or JL4@email.unc.edu (habla español) or Wanda Allen-Abraha, Director of Winston-Salem Human Relations, at 336-734-1226 or WandaEA@cityofws.org.