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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 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.

Michigan Celebrates National Welcoming Week!

September 13-21st is National Welcoming Week, a nationwide event to bring together immigrants and U.S.-born community members in a spirit of unity. Check out our extensive list of activities for the month of September with plenty of ways to get involved, meet your immigrant neighbors, or learn more about immigration and the diverse ethnic communities in Michigan. Let us know if you have a welcoming-related activity planned for the month of September and we will add it to our list. Not sure what to do? You can write a letter to the editor in support of welcoming newcomersyour local library can make a display about immigrants in Michigan, or you can organize a film screening. Have another idea? You can add your event to the list here or contact one of our coordinators to discuss your plans: Jonathan Romero jromero@michiganimmigrant.org or Christine Sauvé csauve@michiganimmigrant.org

 

 

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

 

The Welcoming         America Story

Check out this short video about how Welcoming America and the national “Welcoming” movement came to be.

 

Recent Blog Posts

In honor of World Refugee Day, we have a special guest blog from Theresa Q.

Meet Jennie! She is an awesome leader and truly a welcoming ambassador.

My name is Daliesha and I was born and raised in Detroit, MI.

Have you met Hanan Yahya, a member of the Welcoming Chadsey Condon group?

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!