Community Integration

Whenever immigrants and refugees move to a new community or place they have many needs which include the basic needs for housing, food, employment, education and so forth. In addition to these needs, they also have a need for social interaction and achieve a sense of belonging to their new community. This is called integration–a process by which refugees and immigrants become fully accepted members into their new community, both as individuals and as a community. Integration is one of the refugee/immigrant needs that is often neglected or overlooked and is assumed to happen naturally. For integration to happen and be successful, it has to be a concerted effort that involve many actors- refugees and immigrants themselves, the host governments, local communities and institutions among others. COMSA intends to bridge the social gap between the local and immigrant communities by forging new relationships and strengthening existing ones, and creating an environment of tolerance, respect and love. Our programs include New Comer education and orientation into the culture and institutions of their community, hosting inter-cultural interaction forums and sports contests.