May 14, 2018
CSII Research Paper
Authors: Manuel Pastor, Rhonda Ortiz, and Magaly N. López
Commissioned by The Asset Funders Network (AFN) and Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees (GCIR)
With extreme levels of political polarization and heated rhetoric around immigrants and economic inequality in the U.S., funders working at the intersection of asset building and immigrant integration can play a vital role fostering shared prosperity and mobility for all Americans: native-born residents, long-settled immigrants, and newcomers alike.
To that end, CSII presents Immigrant Lives, American Futures: Linking Asset Building and Immigrant Integration—a research paper synthesizing data, a literature review, and interviews with experts to offer insights and best practices for funders to explore the challenges, opportunities, and trends at the intersections of the immigrant integration and asset building fields.
Immigrant Lives, American Futures highlights key concepts in both fields, as well as the emerging models and best practices to facilitate ongoing discussion among funders, with grantees, and within institutions and communities.
In particular, the paper features key aspects of immigrant integration, including the importance of immigrants to the economy, the impact of varying types of immigration status, and the steps that some communities have taken to actively welcome newcomers. It also outlines the role of asset building through the analytical framework of “the life course” which recognizes that the vast majority of immigrant families are here to stay and that future generations will benefit from stronger financial foundations built today.
While this research paper offers a wide-ranging and in-depth view of the literature and data on asset-building and immigrant communities, it is accompanied by a shorter brief of the same title released by the Asset Funders Network (AFN) and Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees (GCIR). This brief synthesizes the work here, adds in additional insights, and offers a highly accessible look at this topic. Download the AFN/GCIR brief >>
We hope that both this version of Immigrant Lives, American Futures and the related brief can be useful guides for concerted action by practitioners and funders to support and scale effective approaches and emerging models for immigrant asset building and upward mobility.
Webinar recording: Advancing Economic Opportunity for Immigrants and Refugees
Date: March 21, 2018
Host: Asset Funders Network (AFN) and Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees (GCIR)
Speakers: Dr. Manuel Pastor, Director of USC Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration; Paulina Gonzalez, Executive Director, California Reinvestment Coalition; and Chi-mei Lin, Chief Executive Officer, Chinese Community Center of Houston.