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GCIR defines immigrant integration as a dynamic, two-way process in which newcomers and the receiving society work together to build secure, vibrant, and cohesive communities. We utilize the term "integration" rather than "assimilation" to emphasize respect for and incorporation of differences, the importance of mutual adaptation, and an appreciation of diversity.
As an intentional effort, immigrant integration engages and transforms all community stakeholders, reaping shared benefits and creating a new whole that is greater than the sum of its parts. Mutual responsibility and benefits, multi-sector involvement, and a multi-strategy approach are the cornerstones of GCIR's Immigrant Integration Framework.
The actions immigrants take, the resources they possess, and the reception and supports they receive from the host community are key determinants of successful integration. The engagement of all stakeholders in the newcomer and receiving communities, as well as those who bridge the two, is also critical to the integration process. All sectors of society--including government, nonprofit, business, labor, faith, and philanthropy-- have a self-interested stake in promoting immigrant integration.