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Welcoming Cities & Counties
City of Detroit, City Council Immigration Task Force, September 15, 2014
Welcoming Michigan is proud to partner with 12 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! City of Detroit (see Channel 4's report on Detroit’s announcement here), Macomb County, City of Sterling Heights, City of Hamtramck, Clinton Township, West Bloomfield Township, City of East Lansing, City of Lansing, Meridian Township, Kalamazoo County, City of Battle Creek, City of Grand Rapids, and City of Ann Arbor.
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