Welcoming and Inclusion Category

Happy New Year! A look back at 2018 Milestones

By Alistair Kiyingi As immigration gridlocks our national government, Global Detroit is looking forward to 2019 with new energy, vision, and commitment around its work making our region an economically vibrant leader in integrating our immigrant potential in an economy that works for everyone.  Part [...]

Public Charge Proposal Threatens Rust Belt Economies

Posted on December 7th, 2018 in From the Director, Get Involved, Welcoming and Inclusion 

Only days remain before public comments are due on the proposed federal rule change to public charge and last week, Global Detroit helped lead a twitter town hall meeting to highlight the potentially devastating economic impacts of the proposal. On October 10, the Department of [...]

Detroit Hosts Welcoming Economies Global Network City-to-City Visit: Showcases Its Leadership in Building an Inclusive Economy and City

Visitors from peer immigrant economic development and immigrant inclusion initiatives in Cincinnati, Louisville, St. Louis, Buffalo, South Bend, and New Zealand, came to Detroit on October 25-26 to study Detroit as a model for early progress in building a welcoming and inclusive city and regional [...]

Immigrants, Refugees, Veterans and Returning Citizens Take Advantage of Job Fair Geared To Them

Fatimah, a refugee from Yemen with years of experience teaching chemistry to high school students, arrived in Michigan two years ago. For the next 12 months, she applied for countless jobs in her field without success because she lacked the necessary proof of education or [...]

The Detroit News editorial: Don’t close the door on refugees

Our Director Steve Tobocman’s recent editorial in The Detroit News makes the case for smart immigration policies that reinforce the United States national character as the world’s leading beacon for refuge, freedom, and safety. Last year - shortly after the Trump Administration announced its 2018 [...]

Detroit Ranked in Top Ten as Welcoming for Immigrants

Posted on September 24th, 2018 in From the Director, Welcoming and Inclusion 

Last week, during national Welcoming Week, Global Detroit paused to celebrate its eighth year of programming, to honor some deserving immigrant entrepreneurs and champions, and to celebrate Detroit’s Top Ten status in the first-ever New American Economy Cities Index ranking America’s 100 largest cities for [...]

Metro Detroit’s Global Talent Opportunity: Hire International Students

Posted on April 3rd, 2018 in Cultural Ambassadors, Welcoming and Inclusion 

On April 3 the government started taking applications from employers for H1-B visas, setting off the mad annual rush again.  The H-1B is a visa in the United States under the Immigration and Nationality Act, which allows U.S. employers to employ foreign workers in specialty [...]

The Role of Immigrants in Reviving the Great Lakes Region

New American Economy and Great Lakes Metro Chambers Coalition Release Important Research on The Role of Immigrants in Reviving the Great Lakes Region 2017 has been a difficult year. Much of the year has been spent listening to endless analyses and prognostications about how angry [...]

New report: The Economic Impact of Refugees in Southeast Michigan

Yasir Ibrahim came to Detroit in 2008 fleeing persecution and ethnic violence ravaging Iraq. He quickly found work as a clerk in a dollar store stocking shelves, cleaning up, and tackling any task that would help him build a good life for himself in America, [...]

Global Detroit Presented with TechTown’s Small Business Champion Award

Global Detroit was honored last week to be recognized with the Small Business Champion Award from TechTown last week. Recognizing our contribution to working with immigrant entrepreneurs who are revitalizing neighborhoods and diversifying the business ecosystem in Detroit, Global Detroit received the award alongside other [...]