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Register to join us for what promises to be an inspring and informative statewide convening in Warren. This is a great opportunity to learn more about immigrant integration and community-building efforts happening across the state. Local leaders and community members will gather to learn about welcoming policies and programs, share tips and strategies, and network with peers interested in building immigrant friendly communities. Welcoming Cities and Counties, our partners across Michigan, and those new to welcoming work are all invited. We hope you can join us and become part of the movement to advance welcoming efforts across the state!
Registration is required and space is limited. Click HERE to register and see our exciting program and line up of speakers.
The Welcoming Michigan Convening will take place during National Welcoming Week, a nationwide event to bring together immigrants and U.S.-born community members in a spirit of unity.
Welcoming Cities & Counties
City of Detroit, City Council Immigration Task Force, September 15, 2014
Welcoming Michigan is proud to partner with eight Michigan localities that have declared themselves a Welcoming City, County, or Township! These communities support locally-driven efforts to create more welcoming, immigrant-friendly environments. Local governments and community leaders are working together to maximize opportunities to build mutual respect among receiving community members and immigrants & refugees, as well as foster an inclusive environment essential to growth. Congratulations to these forward-thinking communities for their commitment to welcoming newcomers! Macomb County, the City of Detroit (See Channel 4's report on Detroit’s announcement here), City of Sterling Heights, City of Hamtramck, City of East Lansing, Clinton Township, West Bloomfield Township, Meridian Township, Kalamazoo County, and City of Grand Rapids
The Welcoming Michigan Story
We believe that being welcoming is the right thing to do, but that’s not the whole story. Michigan is the only state that lost population between 2000 and 2010. Considering how high unemployment in Michigan has been, some might say that’s a good thing — fewer people to compete for the jobs we do have.
In 2008, the New Economy Initiative for Southeast Michigan, the Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce, and the Skillman Foundation commissioned former State Representative Steve Tobocman to explore the idea of immigration as a potential strategy for reinventing the economy of that region. Read More