Newcomers to Ancestral Lands: Immigrant Pathways in Anchorage, Alaska

  • Mara Kimmel
  • Chad R. FarrellEmail author
  • Megan Ackerman


Anchorage, Alaska embodies the demographic dynamism that is transforming the circumpolar region. The city sits on the traditional homelands of the Dena’ina Athabascan people and is increasingly a destination for immigrants and refugees, adding new dimensions to its rich cultural traditions. This chapter focuses on changing foreign-born populations, documenting the growth and origins of newcomers to Anchorage. This growth generates a community-wide opportunity, and evidence suggests that immigrant inclusion benefits the city’s economic and environmental resilience. But barriers to participation in the city’s economic and civic life continue to exist. This case study describes the Municipality’s “welcoming” program designed to dismantle those barriers and promote economic and civic inclusion as essential ingredients to community well-being and resilience.



Support for portions of this research has been provided by a BUILD-EXITO grant (1UL1MD009596-01) from the National Institutes of Health at the US Department of Health and Human Services. The content of the chapter is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not reflect the official views of the National Institutes of Health.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Anchorage MuseumAnchorageUSA
  2. 2.University of Alaska AnchorageAnchorageUSA

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