Cities and urban regions exercise a powerful pull factor on immigrants seeking a better life for themselves and their families. The integration of immigrants, that complex and challenging process of helping thousands of immigrants fulfill their hopes and dreams, becomes then a central feature of successful cities.
Many cities are rising to the challenge. They proactively help immigrants find work, create businesses, own homes and put their children in school. They do this work in innovative ways, often without the support of other levels of government. And while what works in one city may not work perfectly in another, the exchange of information and ideas between cities inevitably leads to greater imagination and capacity to respond. Smart cities know that when integration is done well, it fuels economic growth, spurs innovation and talent renewal, and promotes an open, richer and more inclusive social fabric.
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