Rural immigration and welcoming communities

Authored by: Ryan Gibson , Robert Annis

The Routledge handbook of comparative rural policy

Print publication date:  November  2019
Online publication date:  October  2019

Print ISBN: 9781138594111
eBook ISBN: 9780429489075
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Migration and immigration have historically been urban phenomena. Large urban centers often boasted large ethnic communities, ample immigrant service provisions, and most importantly employment opportunities. Over the past two decades, however, rural communities and governments have actively explored immigration strategies as options to address local challenges and opportunities, such as labor shortages and population growth. The attraction, settlement, integration, and retention of immigrants represents substantial planning requirements for rural communities, health and social service providers, government services, and community-based organizations. To facilitate rural immigration many rural areas are adopting a welcoming community strategy – a strategy whereby multi-sectoral partnerships are created to facilitate the immigration process. For many rural areas, unfortunately, there is limited experience and capacity to build and sustain these partnerships.

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