Immigrant and Refugee Integration

Each year, the United States accepts hundreds of thousands of newcomers, either as immigrants or refugees. Recent arrivals often have very specific language needs, as well as orientation and resettlement needs.

Given opportunity, newcomers become significant contributors to our society, sharing linguistic and cultural assets, as well as innovative ideas, entrepreneurial skills, and drive, all of which make our communities stronger.

CAL has been a leader in refugee education and orientation, helping immigrant and refugee newcomers understand fundamental aspects of life in the United States, as well as helping service providers and other interested parties understand the backgrounds, cultures, and linguistic heritage of the new members of their communities. In addition, CAL has a long history of conducting research and developing strategies for educational success for immigrants across a wide range of ages and language proficiency levels. Building on this legacy, several of CAL’s projects and resources are designed to support the implementation of programs for immigrant students.

CAL is committed to making longer-term Americans aware of the resources and values brought to the United States by its newest residents. We have a key role to play as discussion of the contributions of immigrants to our society is elevated to a prominent role in our national discourse.

Resources, News, and Events

Helping Newcomer Students Succeed in Secondary Schools and Beyond
Helping Newcomer Students Succeed in Secondary Schools and Beyond

Center for Applied Linguistics

Identifying and Serving the Unique Needs of the Immigrant and Refugee Populations in the US and throughout the World
Educating America’s Emerging Multilingual Learners: Congressional Briefing
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Related Projects

Bienvenidos Project
Bienvenidos Project

Funder: National Council of La Raza (NCLR)

Cultural Orientation Resource (COR) Center
Cultural Orientation Resource (COR) Center

Funder: U.S. Department of State; Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration

Exemplary Programs for Newcomer English Language Learners at the Secondary Level
Exemplary Programs for Newcomer English Language Learners at the Secondary Level

Funder: The Carnegie Corporation of New York

The Linking Communities Project: Building Welcome for Refugees
The Linking Communities Project: Building Welcome for Refugees

Funder: Funder: HIAS

Welcoming School Communities
Welcoming School Communities

Funder: Funder: Center for Applied Linguistics and Welcoming America

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Services

CAL offers a wide range of professional development and technical assistance services for service providers, schools, and communities working with newcomer populations. Based on our decades of experience, CAL can customize our services to meet your needs and budgets.

Email CAL to learn more.

SERVICE SPOTLIGHT: CAL INSTITUTE

Newcomers in Your School: Cultural Connections and Instructional Strategies
Given the increasing tide of newcomer youth entering U.S. schools, it is critical to address the cultural, social, and academic needs of these students and their families. CAL offers professional development that includes practical resources for building a welcoming environment, both socially and instructionally, for all students.

This institute is designed for PreK-12 teachers, administrators, and practitioners, such as social workers, counselors, and after-school specialists, who work in educational settings with newcomer students and their families. CAL encourages teams of educators and practitioners to attend. 

Learn more about this institute.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT SERVICES

CAL can also offer this workshop onsite at your location.
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