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Global Detroit is a regional economic development engine that leverages the talent, ingenuity, entrepreneurial spirit, and determination of immigrants in Metro Detroit to power the regional economy. Find out more.

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The latest news and research on how immigrants are powering Detroit's regional economic recovery.

Our Partner Initiatives

( the implementation of our efforts)

Following the publication of the Global Detroit Study, Global Detroit has developed new programs and strategies that make the region more attractive and welcoming to immigrants, internationals, refugees, and foreign trade and investment as a means to produce jobs and regional economic growth. Since 2010, Global Detroit and its partner initiatives have attracted over $7 million in philanthropic, corporate, government and individual investments and launched over a half dozen of the recommendations in the Global Detroit Study. Click on one of our partner organizations or initiatives to learn more.

Welcome Mat Detroit
ProsperUS Detroit
Cultural Ambassadors
Welcoming Michigan / Michigan Immigrants Rights Center
GTRI
Upwardly Global
EB-5 Investor Visa
Nearshoring
Global Great Lakes Network
Welcome Mat Detroit

Welcome Mat Detroit

The Welcome Mat is both an interactive online directory of service providers and a network of service providers working to roll out the Welcome Mat for new arrivals.

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ProsperUS Detroit

ProsperUS Detroit

ProsperUS Detroit is an entrepreneurship training and development program focusing solely on the untapped entrepreneurial talent in low-income, minority and immigrant neighborhoods.

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Cultural Ambassadors

Cultural Ambassadors

The Global Detroit Cultural Ambassadors program seeks to better connect and welcome immigrants, international students, foreign visitors, international investors, and the region’s international communities.

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Welcoming Michigan / Michigan Immigrants Rights Center

Welcoming Michigan / Michigan Immigrants Rights Center

Welcoming Michigan helps build mutual respect between foreign-born and U.S. born people who call Michigan home.

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GTRI

GTRI

GTRI focuses on strengthening and diversifying Michigan’s economy through the retention of top international talent. By retaining international students, GTRI is a catalyst to lessening the skills gap, especially in the STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math), and cultivating a climate in which Michigan businesses can be competitive in the new economy.

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Upwardly Global

Upwardly Global

Upwardly Global works with more than 1,500 immigrants, refugees, and asylees every year to provide job search training and to connect them with employers looking to develop a pipeline of global talent. To date, UpGlo has placed more than 2,200 new Americans who had been unemployed or underemployed working as janitors, taxi drivers, and nannies back into professional jobs as engineers, software developers, and business professionals.

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EB-5 Investor Visa

EB-5 Investor Visa

Michigan now has nearly a dozen pre-approved EB-5 Investor Visa Regional Centers that enable international investors to obtain legal residency in the U.S. for a $500,000 investment in a U.S. business that produces 10 jobs over a five-year period. Global Detroit has helped connect potential investors to these centers, as well as champion the use of these investment vehicles as low-cost capital to spur the region’s economic growth, as has been done in Dallas, Philadelphia, and other regions.

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Nearshoring

Nearshoring

Global Detroit has partnered with regional economic development partners, as well as with our friends in Windsor, Canada to develop an analysis of a regional nearshoring initiative that would aggressively recruit firms that want to expand operations in the U.S., but who are restrained by our immigration caps on skilled international workers. Detroit-Windsor can become the leading “nearshoring” base for the new economy. Not other U.S. region is as close, as large, or possesses as much binational business acumen developed over years of cooperative work on automotive manufacturing and other industries.

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Global Great Lakes Network

Global Great Lakes Network

The Global Great Lakes Network (GGLN), a project of Welcoming America in partnership with Global Detroit, is comprised of over a dozen regional economic development initiatives from across the Midwest working to tap into the economic opportunities created by immigrants. Immigrant communities, when welcomed in their new home, can generate greater economic growth, job creation, and prosperity for an entire city or region.

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What Can Immigrants Do

For Southeast Michigan?

( some numbers )

  • International Students/STEM Nationally

    3 x

    International Students are 3x as likely as U.S. born to major in STEM fields.

    International Students/STEM Nationally

    45 %

    Immigrants make up 45% of all new U.S. Ph.D.s in life sciences, physical sciences, and computer sciences

    Immigrants make up

    International Students/STEM Nationally

    50 %

    of all new U.S. Ph.D.s in engineering

    International Students/STEM Nationally

    40 %

    of all new U.S. master degrees in computer sciences, physical sciences, and engineering

    International Students/STEM Nationally

    25 %

    of all practicing physicians

  • Michigan’s International Students

    27 K

    international students studying in Michigan

    Equal Sign

    Michigan’s International Students

    822 MM

    Estimated annual expenditure from these students.

    Michigan’s International Students

    3 X

    Michigan’s International students are 3x as likely as out of state students to stay and work in Michigan

    Michigan’s International Students

    11,612

    net jobs were created or supported in the Michigan economy by international students and their families (2012-2013)

    Michigan’s International Students

    4X

    Michigan’s International students are more than 4x as likely to major in STEM fields as domestic students

  • Michigan Immigrants

    64 %

    64.4% of Michigan Immigrants are working age, versus 50% of the native born population

    Michigan Immigrants

    3 X

    Michigan immigrants have entrepreneurship rates 3x the native-born Michiganders

    Michigan Immigrants

    6X

    Michigan immigrants are 6x more likely than native-born to start a high-tech firm

    Michigan Immigrants

    7X

    Michigan immigrants are 7x more likely than native-born to file an international patents

    Michigan Immigrants

    32.8 %

    Immigrants launched 32.8% of all high-tech firms in Michigan, ranking Michigan #3 in the nation after CA and NJ (1995-2005)

  • U.S. Immigrants

    2.62

    Every foreign STEM worker with an advanced U.S. degree is estimated to create 2.62 additional American jobs

    U.S. Immigrants

    25 %

    Immigrants created 25% of all high-tech firms nationally (1995-2005)

    U.S. Immigrants

    40 %

    More than 40% of Fortune 500 companies were founded by immigrants or their children in 2010

    U.S. Immigrants

    10 MM

    These companies employ 10 million people worldwide...

    U.S. Immigrants

    $4.2 Tr

    And generate revenues of $4.2 trillion, greater than the GDP of every country in the world except China, Japan, and the U.S.

  • Business Owners Nationally

    50 %

    Start-up rate of immigrants has grown by 50%, whereas the U.S. born rate declined 10% (1996-2011)

    Equal Sign

    Business Owners Nationally

    $126 B

    Immigrant owned businesses pay out $126 billion in payroll each year

    Business Owners Nationally

    28 %

    Immigrants started 28% of new small business (2011)

    Business Owners Nationally

    4.7 MM

    Immigrant small businesses employ 4.7 million workers

    Business Owners Nationally

    $800 B

    Immigrant small businesses generate $800 billion in sales

GGLN logoImmigrant communities, when welcomed in their new home, can generate greater economic growth, job creation, and prosperity for an entire city or region. The Global Great Lakes Network helps to strengthen the work, maximize the impact, and sustain the efforts of individual local initiatives across the Midwest that welcome, retain, and empower immigrant communities as valued contributors to local community and economic development initiatives. Learn more.

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