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The mayor and other local leaders gather at the Immigrant Heritage Month kickoff in 2022.
Friday, Sept. 8 - Sunday, Sept. 17, 2023

Welcoming Week 2023

Building connections between neighbors of all backgrounds and affirming the importance of welcoming, inclusive places.

Official event information


Friday, Sept. 8 - Sunday, Sept. 17, 2023

Welcoming Week honors the contributions of immigrant people and recognizes that our communities are stronger and more prosperous when we are welcoming. For over seven years, Philadelphia has shown its commitment to this national cause by coordinating events throughout the city.

For 2023, the Office of Immigrant Affairs (OIA) and its partners are curating events that embody the theme of “Destination Belonging.” More people than ever are on the move, displaced by climate change and conflict and seeking opportunity and mobility. However, as migration reshapes communities, many places aren’t prepared to create welcoming spaces.

OIA believes that being welcoming is more than being friendly, tolerant, and peaceful. A community needs intentional and inclusive policies, practices, and norms that enable all residents to live and contribute fully. Welcoming Week helps communities create a thriving environment for all.

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City partners

  • Free Library of Philadelphia
  • Mayor’s Commission on African and Caribbean Immigrant Affairs
  • Mayor’s Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs
  • Philadelphia Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services
  • Philadelphia Department of Labor
  • Philadelphia Parks & Recreation
  • Philadelphia Department of Public Health
  • Philadelphia Department of Revenue
  • Office of Arts, Culture, and the Creative Economy
  • Office of the City Representative

Community partners

  • African Communities Together
  • African Family Health Organization (AFAHO)
  • Bread & Roses Community Fund
  • Caribbean Community in Philadelphia
  • ElevateHer International Ministries
  • Gapura
  • Global Craft Market
  • Humanity United 4 Global Support (HUGS)
  • ICNA Relief Pennsylvania
  • Let's Talk Philly! Conversation Circles
  • Mexican Cultural Center
  • Taller Puertorriqueño
  • Temple University School of Pharmacy (TUSP) and College of Public Health (CPH)
  • The Welcoming Center
  • United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey


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