As the Office of Refugee Resettlement’s technical assistance provider for fostering greater community support for refugees, examining the degree of refugee welcome and ways to strengthen it across all phases of resettlement and integration is a priority for Welcoming America. The community consultation process, in particular, has been of interest because it is a powerful mechanism with the potential to accelerate refugee welcome. Indeed, the April 2015 White House Task Force on New Americans’ report Strengthening Communities by Welcoming All Residents: A Federal Action Plan on Immigrant and Refugee Integration highlights the importance of creating welcoming communities for immigrants and refugees, and references local stakeholder meetings as one important avenue to do so.

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