Saturday October 6, 2012

BOSTON (AP) -- Boston city officials are preparing for a meeting with representatives of immigrants, their supporters and others to plan ways they could help foreign-born residents integrate in New England's largest city.

The 2012 New Bostonians Summit will also include representatives of businesses, philanthropies, labor and higher education to discuss three key issues that immigrants living in the city say are their priority. They include access to education for their children, securing resources that would help non-native English speakers learn the language and access to economic opportunities including sustainable jobs.

The summit is set for Tuesday at the Lavine Civic Forum at City Year on Columbus Avenue. Mayor Thomas Menino is expected to speak at the event to underscore the importance of immigrants to Boston's economy and the importance of collaboration among various sectors in helping immigrants integrate.