Below you will find a sampling of resources related to Philadelphia's global character and other international matters--background on civic initiatives, research findings, policy documents, and publications--as well as links to relevant sites.

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English Literacy and Civics students will improve reading and writing skills while learning about U.S. Government, history, civics, and citizenship. Vocational ESL students will prepare for the U.S. workplace and receive support locating employment.
Inequality has become a universal concern. Differentials in access to opportunities, income, consumption, location, information and technology are now the norm, not the exception. For the majority of people on the planet, income disparities are greater today than they were a generation ago.   Read more here... 
English may be spoken all over the world, but that doesn't mean it's the most popular language or that you're not missing out if you choose to associate exclusively with English speakers. Learning a new language can help tremendously with your career prospects, your college education and experiences, travel, and personal enjoyment of the arts and culture and it can just be fun. Most people think that once they’ve left high school or college, their opportunity to learn a foreign language has passed, but this isn’t true.
As you walk pass the chumps taking off their belts and shoes in the TSA airport security line, past the harried travelers opening their laptops and waiting for the scans of their carry-ons to be completed, it's probably best if you just smile casually and skim your fingers across the brim of your fedora in a polite salute. You're headed for the express line. The line lurkers will wonder: Is he a diplomat? Special forces? Government agent? Who could possibly qualify to skip the security checkpoint and stroll to their gate with such savoir-faire?
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People of African descent have migrated to Philadelphia since the seventeenth century. First arriving in bondage, either directly from Africa or by way of the Caribbean, they soon developed a small but robust community that grew throughout the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Although African Americans faced employment discrimination, disfranchisement, and periodic race riots in the 1800s, the community attracted tens of thousands of people during World War I’s Great Migration. Drawn by the promise of jobs during the two world wars, Philadelphia’s African Americans created one of the largest black communities in the urban North in the twentieth century. Deindustrialization and suburbanization from the post-World War II period to the early 2000s contributed to rising rates of poverty, racial tensions, and disinvestment in black neighborhoods, but the black community continued to attract new migrants.
It’s easy to print the Passport – or just a part of it! Download the Passport and Addendum pdf files below, and print it as you wish. Depending on the printer you have, you can: - print it in Colors or Black&White - print the whole document or select the pages you need - print 1 or 2 pages by paper sheet - for optimum readability, we recommend 1 page per document. We hope you’ll enjoy the Passport, and that we’ll see you at some of the GlobalPhilly™ 2013 events that are listed there!
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The Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia is a civic project to increase understanding of one of America’s greatest cities. From abolition and the American Revolution to yellow fever and zoos (with cheesesteaks, rowhouses, and hundreds of other topics in between), the digital Encyclopedia volume and its print volume will offer the most comprehensive, authoritative reference source ever created for the Philadelphia region.
wH2O is an online, open-access academic journal for women and water issues around the world. Access issues of this interdisciplinary, globally-minded journal here.
PCVB offers resource guides tailored to international visitors and business persons arriving in Philadelphia.
The Center for Migration Studies of New York (CMS) supports and undertakes research and provides a forum for debate on international migration. CMS carries out its mission in three ways: circulating books and monographs and publishing International Migration Review, a leading peer-reviewed scholarly journal specialized in the subject of international migration; organizing conferences and forums on international migration, including the National Legal Conference on Immigration and Refugee Policy; and maintaining an archive that collects and makes available documentation on the experiences of people in transit. The CMS webpage includes many reports detailing the Center's research.
Global Giving is an online marketplace that directly connects donors with grassroots projects in the developing world. Potential donors can browse and select from a wide offering of projects, organized by geography or by themes such as health care, the environment, and education. Once a donor chooses a project, he/she can contribute any amount, using a credit/debit card, check, PayPal, or stock transfer. Gift registries can be set up for special events, and donors can "give" any project as a gift.
LULAC Institute conducts research on a variety of important issues to the Hispanic community to both better inform the LULAC constituency and insure that LULAC's programs, services, and advocacy remain pertinent. This page includes a variety of research findings, policy recommendations, and reports pertinent to the Latin American community. 
Country Commercial Guides (CCGs) are prepared annually by U.S. embassies with the assistance of several U.S. government agencies. These reports present a comprehensive look at countries' commercial environments, using economic, political and market analysis. To locate a CCG for a particular country or region, visit the Market Research Library portal. Enter as much information as you have, and select "Country Commercial Guide" under the "Report Type" menu.
CARE's archive of "Special Reports" documenting human rights, global health, and poverty issues around the globe. Most recent reports detail the situation in Afghanistan, microfinance, and HIV/AIDS education, among others.
 2011 Annual Report detailing IVC's citizen diplomacy throughout the year. 
As the largest city in the third-oldest state, Philadelphia is struggling to replenish its retiring workforce, retain the graduates
In conjunction with Econsult Corp., the Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians published a report on the economic impact of work-authorized immigrant workers on our state and region.
A comprehensive guide providing information about services available to those in the Philadelphia area impacted by the January 2010 earthquake in Haiti, in English or Haitian Creole. Provided by the Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians.