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Immigrants in Detroit

Metro Detroit has been shaped by its immigrants.  Check out some of their profiles to see their invaluable contributions.

Student Retention

We want to tap into the strategies that will make us a high growth economy, that will raise the income of our residents and that will lower the unemployment rates. Tapping into international students and the strengths of immigration are critical to making that happen. – Steve Tobocman

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What We Do: The Global Detroit study recommended 11 strategies.  You can review our partner initiatives here.

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Global Detroit 2013 Study of Metro Detroit's Foreign-Born Populations

Internationalizing Detroit

"Welcoming and connecting the world to our city"

Global Detroit is an effort to revitalize Southeast Michigan’s economy by pursuing strategies that strengthen Detroit’s connections to the world, and that make the region more attractive and welcoming to immigrants, internationals, and foreign trade and investment.

Global Detroit has helped connect over $4 million of philanthropic investments in over a half dozen ambitious initiatives since completing an initial Global Detroit study in 2010. These include launching innovative programs in international student retention, microenterprise training and lending, the Welcoming Michigan campaign, the Global Detroit Welcome Mat network of immigration and social services, and attracting foreign investment in companies that produce Michigan jobs.

Global Detroit is one of several efforts across the Great Lakes region that capitalizes on the Midwest’s (an American) experience of immigration—talent, industriousness, innovation, trade, and diversity—as an economic growth engine.

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Featured Profiles


Attorney Monica Navarro arrived in Michigan in 1990 as a law student, newly enrolled at...

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Internist Dr. Lourdes Arriola has practiced in metro Detroit for more than 30 years. Bu...

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Download the Global Detroit Study, which documents the positive contributions of foreign-born residents, dispels the fears and myths surrounding the role of immigrants in the regional economy, and outlines a comprehensive strategic plan to help return Michigan to economic prosperity.

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