Immigrants and Refugees: Myth vs. Fact

May 7, 2020 6:00PM - 7:00PM

Dodge Auditorium, St. Clair County Administration Building 200 Grand River, Suite 102 Port Huron, MI 48060

Contact: Andy Northrop

May 7th, 2020
6 – 7:30 p.m.

Dodge Auditorium, St. Clair County Administration Building
200 Grand River, Suite 102
Port Huron, MI 48060

Doors open at 5:40 p.m.

Program Description: Michigan is home to approximately 700,000 foreign-born residents who comprise about 7% of our population.  In the 10th US Congressional District, which includes Port Huron, there are over 41,000 foreign-born residents who make up 5.8% of the population and combine for over $1.2 Billion in spending power.  During this presentation, we will look at various myths about immigrants and refugees, and comparing those to facts.  We will be exploring areas including education-level, economic impact, crime and others.  Content will be primarily focused on Michigan, but will include some national scope as well.

Michigan State University Extension is partnering with The MI Office for New Americans (MONA) to offer this program St. Clair County and surrounding area.

The Michigan Office For New Americans (MONA) was created to help grow Michigan's economy by retaining and attracting global talent; to promote the skills, energy, and entrepreneurial spirit of our immigrant communities; and, to make Michigan a more welcoming state.

Karen Phillippi is the Director of the Michigan Office for New Americans. She has been working in immigration law for 27 years. Karen began her work in immigration law by serving as the Immigration and State Department Specialist for US Senator Don Riegle. She has worked in various law firms developing and managing employment-based immigration practices, and she speaks at numerous seminars on immigration-related topics. Karen is passionate about immigration and immigrant/refugee integration. She serves as Board Chair for Global Detroit and she is a Steering Committee member for the WE (Welcoming Economies) Global Network. Karen is very active in promoting the benefits that immigrants and refugees have on the economy and making Michigan a more immigrant-friendly state. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from Michigan State University and worked for the publications department of the Cooperative Extension Service in the College of Agriculture for 3 years during college.



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