AURORA - International diversity is easy to see in Aurora. According to data from the U.S. Census, one in five residents of the city is an immigrant or a refugee from a foreign country.
Nearly 70,000 foreign-born persons live in Aurora. With such a growing population, community leaders knew they needed a way to help new residents integrate into the population. As a result, the city created its first-ever Comprehensive Strategic Plan for Migrant integration.
The plan was developed over a period of four months, using input from community organizations and immigrants who participated in focus groups. Among the goals identified: increasing civic engagement among immigrants and refugees.
The city plans to teach civics and English lessons on television using Aurora 8, the city's television station. Police and firefighters will also participate in cross-cultural training to foster better interaction with immigrant communities.
The plan also raises a concern over helping more immigrants and refugees become successful in business. It calls for programs to encourage more resettled residents to become entrepreneurs.
The strategic plan will be implemented over the next three years. It also includes ideas on improving the health of immigrant populations and using things like art and sports to being communities together. To read the entire plan, visit: http://bit.ly/1KRqkBp.
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