Thriving Economies and Vibrant Communities Include Immigrants

Together, let’s build a prosperous Southeast Michigan.

Global Detroit Is Part of the Solution

We create strategies to strengthen the region through immigrant inclusion. Research shows that when communities welcome immigrants, they create strong neighborhoods, a productive workforce and successful businesses.

Southeast Michigan benefits when businesses, nonprofits, government and communities attract and retain immigrants. Companies are able to fill jobs. Innovators launch startups. International students put their talents to work. Families put down roots.

25% of Michigan’s high-tech companies were started by immigrants.

Duke University and UC-Berkeley

Immigrant-owned businesses in Michigan generated $27 billion in sales in 2018.

New American Economy

The #1
(and only) growing population source in Detroit is immigration.

U.S. Census

Four out of ten of immigrants in Michigan have a bachelor’s degree or higher. 

U.S. Census

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Shaping Policy and Practice

We are establishing Southeast Michigan as a center for prosperity. Our work shapes policy locally and state-wide. Our research verifies the benefits of immigrant inclusion. Our results are felt throughout Michigan and beyond.

Keeping Talent In Michigan

Filling unmet talent needs in Southeast Michigan means retaining new and current immigrant residents. We prepare international students for the job market and connect them to career mentors, as well as help them secure jobs.

Growing Entrepreneurship

Our strategies fuel innovative growth. We connect small business owners in Detroit’s immigrant neighborhoods to resources, while also helping immigrants and international students launch startups and create jobs.

Supporting Strong Communities

We connect Detroit residents and business owners in immigrant neighborhoods with homeownership and home repair programs, foreclosure prevention, small business support, and other resources they need to put down roots and thrive.


Helping Southwest Detroiters Access Critical Funds For Their Businesses

Bertha Jimenez had always dreamed of owning a salon. Her opportunity came three years ago, when she purchased Ideal Beauty Salon, a 50-year-old Southwest Detroit institution. With plenty of experience–she runs Chilango’s Bakery with her husband–she set to work securing her own clientele, adding new services, like massage, and updating the interior design with help from woodworker and mason José Torres from Masonry Detroit. She kept the original name of the shop, with a slight update: Lupita’s Ideal Beauty Lounge, paying homage to the previous owner. Then, a year into building her new business, COVID hit. Bertha had to close her doors for several months during the state-mandated stay-at-home order. She was afraid she would be shut down for good. Read more here

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