Welcoming Michigan / Michigan Immigrants Rights Center
In 2010, Welcoming Michigan became the 13th state/local affiliate of Welcoming America, a national, grassroots-driven collaborative to create a welcoming atmosphere–community by community–in which immigrants are more likely to integrate into the social fabric of their adopted hometowns. Welcoming Michigan is a program of the Michigan Immigrant Rights Center that was recognized in 2013 by the White House as one of ten Champions of Change for Immigrant Integration for its work in the Chadsey-Condon neighborhood in Detroit, Hamtramck, Sterling Heights and Van Buren County in west Michigan. Through Welcoming Michigan’s advocacy Detroit, East Lansing, Hamtramck, Sterling Heights and Macomb County have declared themselves Welcoming Cities and Counties–making Michigan the state with more welcoming communities than any other.
Welcoming Michigan focuses on building mutual respect between foreign-born and U.S. born people who call Michigan home. Welcoming Michigan works with Michigan’s “receiving community” members—U.S.-born Americans who live in communities where immigrants settle — in creating welcoming communities. The ultimate goal of Welcoming America is to create a welcoming atmosphere – community by community – that honors the energy, culture, and new ideas that immigrants bring to their new neighborhoods.
Welcoming Michigan is, arguably, the most active chapter of the Welcoming America national campaign, a national, grassroots-driven collaborative.