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Welcoming County

What is a Welcoming County?
Welcoming Counties are part of a national coalition of counties and cities that foster a culture and a policy environment to ensure newcomers of all backgrounds feel valued and are able to fully participate alongside their neighbors in the social, civic, and economic fabric of their adopted hometowns.

Among the effort's goals are nurturing a more vibrant culture, creating more jobs created by immigrant entrepreneurs, and sustaining a thriving economy that benefits us all. We work together to make sure that all of us - regardless of background or station in life - are part of making a community a great place to live.

By giving each person an equal opportunity to contribute, it makes the entire community stronger.


Why Wayne County decide to be a Welcoming County?
Wayne County has long attracted immigrants and refugees from all around the world. Our cultural diversity and international communities create a safe and welcoming environment for newcomers to thrive and contribute to the American experiment. Whether it's our large Hispanic community in Detroit, or our South Asian community in Canton or our Middle Eastern community in Dearborn and Dearborn Heights, Wayne County is committed to being a welcoming place to new residents during what is often one of the most difficult times in their life.

Wayne County is a place where immigrants can integrate into society without fear of losing their identity. It is a place where they a revered for their unique backgrounds and the contribution they make to our society and economy. Wayne County's success has been linked to our diverse population. Immigrants and refugees contribute significantly to the economy. Wayne County can continue this momentum of economic development and growth by reducing possible barriers that immigrants face to fully participating.

Becoming a Welcoming County will help us build bridges between newcomers and long-time residents in an effort to create a stronger and united Wayne County.

Welcoming Wayne Resolution