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“Welcoming Communities, Embracing Diversity – A Transatlantic Motto”

May 8, 2019

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The American Institute for Contemporary German Studies (AICGS) has released some of the results from their Wunderbar Together research project entitled “Integration: Made in Germany.”

Founded in 1983, the AICGS at Johns Hopkins University is an independent, nonpartisan think tank dedicated to better understanding the challenges and choices facing Germany and the United States in a broader global arena. AICGS works with public sector leaders, policymakers, corporate leaders, and other research centers to provide analysis and intelligence on a range of issues affecting both the United States and Germany. Policymakers, business leaders, and the interested public draw on these insights to anticipate trends, reduce risk, and positively influence policy choices.

“Integration: Made in Germany” brought together professionals in integration policy, practice, and advocacy from both sides of the Atlantic for discussion and exchange. Participants from Nuremberg, Frankfurt, and Berlin engaged with their U.S. counterparts to exchange ideas, solutions and best practices while working to establish a new transatlantic network.

Susanne Dieper, Director of Programs and Grants at AICGS, writes about initial results:

Dallas, TX, Fayetteville, AR, and Nuremberg, Germany all have something in common: They have been developing a plan to welcome newcomers in their midst. What drives these initiatives? Economic growth and expansion, overall high rates of poverty, an increasingly diverse population, as well as the need for qualified workers all play an important role.  All three cities are dynamic areas with a range of businesses looking to hire workers. The relatively low cost of living, particularly in Northwest Arkansas, but also in and around Dallas and Nuremberg, also make the areas attractive for newcomers.

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While the opportunity for economic growth, the ability to attract and retain successful enterprises, and the ability to offer quality jobs and careers to its citizens are the goals of many localities, some places offer a more nuanced and holistic view of living and working in their communities. Welcoming Cities like Dallas, Fayetteville, and Nuremberg recognize that their communities are increasingly diverse and they embrace it.  All three cities view their diversity as positive and enriching and they are open to learning and improving the way they operate and function as a Welcoming City.

To read the remainder of the blog and find out more about the project, click here.

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