Immigrant Integration

Immigration Integration in Greater New Haven

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The Community Foundation is proud to join GCIR (Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees) and other foundations in signing a joint statement in support of the role and contributions of immigrants and refugees in our society. Read the statement in full here.

Greater New Haven is in the middle of a new immigration wave. In 2012, about 75,000 (12%) of our residents were foreign born.1 More than one third of these have entered the US in the last 10 years. Between 2000 and 2012, the City of New Haven experienced a fifty percent (50%) increase in the immigrant population when compared to the previous decade.2 Given the demographic reality, the current and future prosperity of the region is tightly linked to the success of new immigrants. In fact, 13% of newly started businesses in Connecticut between 2000-2007 were owned by immigrants.3

Our newest residents bring with them a diversity of skills and cultural perspectives, a high commitment to family, a strong work ethic, and entrepreneurial ideas that significantly benefit the region. Low-income and undocumented immigrants in particular, however, face barriers to social, legal, language, financial and other services, which, when accessible, enable them to be fully integrated members of our community.

Our Leadership Strategy

The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven believes that helping immigrants thrive and fully participate in the community is in everyone’s interest.  The Foundation is committed to the ongoing work of making Greater New Haven a welcoming community. Building on its long history of supporting organizations working with immigrants and their families, The Community Foundation is making immigrant integration a strategic focus.

The Goal

Immigrants, including undocumented immigrants in Greater New Haven, will achieve greater civic and economic participation and success, thereby becoming more fully integrated members of a more welcoming community.

Through community partnerships, grantmaking and public education, The Community Foundation hopes to achieve the following:
  • Greater New Haven is and is seen as a “welcoming community” to immigrants, including the undocumented
  • Immigrants have increased financial stability, economic participation, and access to capital
  • The community is more informed about the economic value of immigrants in Greater New Haven and the unique barriers that undocumented immigrants face
  • Greater New Haven will be better off as a result of a more economically-empowered immigrant community
  • Undocumented immigrants are better able to advocate for their own issues (such as fair employment practices) through a stronger infrastructure of advocacy organizations

As part of its Immigration Integration Strategy, The Community Foundation commissioned DataHaven to produce a report: Understanding the Impact of Immigration in Greater New Haven.The report highlights the rapid demographic transformation of the region driven by immigration in the past two decades and the significant economic contributions, particularly in small business creation, of this diverse population.

Grant Opportunity for Nonprofits Serving Immigrants in New Haven


Organizations providing services or programs that provide direct service, advocacy, collaborative efforts, capacity building, public education and leadership development in alignment with the goals of The Foundation’s immigrant integration strategy are encouraged to apply for funding through a request for proposal process. The application process is now closed, however, if you are seeking more information about our strategy, email Caprice.

Additional Resources:

Read our info brief: Threats to Immigrants Impact Us All.

A special collection of case studies and lessons learned from efforts around the country to improve immigration services and policies, presented by the Issue Lab, a service of Foundation Center


1  Population by Nativity and Citizenship Status. DataHaven analysis (2014). U.S. Census Bureau 2012 5-year American Community Survey data are from the U.S. Census Bureau American Community Survey Office, and were released in December 2013. Accessed July 25 at
2 Population by Nativity and Citizenship Status. DataHaven analysis (2014). U.S. Census Bureau 2012 5-year American Community Survey data are from the U.S. Census Bureau American Community Survey Office, and were released in December 2013. U.S. Census Bureau 2000 Decennial Census data are from the U.S. Census  Bureau and were released in 2001. Accessed July 25 at
3 2007 Census Small Business Owner Survey data as referenced in Understanding the Impact of Immigration in Greater New Haven, DataHaven 2014 Report, p. 16-17




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