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 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.


Aynaa Events + Decor: From Seeking Connection to Starting a Business

When Fardusee Jaigirdar, Tahira Lasker and Farjana Dalia joined Global Detroit’s Common Bond program, they were hoping to connect with other women and claim some time for themselves outside their busy families. They did these things, but they also did something they never anticipated: they started a business. Read more here

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Founders of Aynaa

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