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  • At Welcoming Michigan we believe that when Michigan welcomes immigrants, Michigan thrives. Together. It’s better.

  • At Welcoming Michigan we believe that when Michigan welcomes immigrants, Michigan thrives. Together. It’s better.

  • At Welcoming Michigan we believe that when Michigan welcomes immigrants, Michigan thrives. Together. It’s better.

  • At Welcoming Michigan we believe that when Michigan welcomes immigrants, Michigan thrives. Together. It’s better.

  • At Welcoming Michigan we believe that when Michigan welcomes immigrants, Michigan thrives. Together. It’s better.

  • At Welcoming Michigan we believe that when Michigan welcomes immigrants, Michigan thrives. Together. It’s better.

  • At Welcoming Michigan we believe when Michigan welcomes immigrants, Michigan thrives. Together. It's Better.

  • At Welcoming Michigan we believe that when Michigan welcomes immigrants, Michigan thrives. Together. It’s better.

Welcoming Cities & Counties

City of Detroit, City Council Immigration Task Force, September 15, 2014

Welcoming Michigan is proud to partner with 10 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

 
Welcoming Michigan "Journeys" Films

With support from our partner organization, Welcoming America, Welcoming Michigan staff collaborated with local film makers in SW and SE Michigan to create two short documentaries, "Journeys: Stories from Chadsey Condon" and "Journeys: Stories from Van Buren."

These films highlight the immigration, migration, and "welcoming" stories that make up the unique historical and cultural tapestry of two Michigan communities where welcoming work is taking place.

Welcoming Michigan produced the films to help audiences connect over their shared sense of history and build relationships among community members.

Film screenings and facilitated community discussions about the film are on-going at area churches, schools, colleges, and libraries. For photos from recent screenings, please see our facebook photo album.

Please visit our events calendar for information on upcoming community film screenings and facilitated community discussions, and watch the Van Buren County film trailer here. If you would like to view either or both films online, please our Welcoming Michigan You Tube Channel.

Please contact us if you would like to host a film screening and discussion. Thank you!