Licensing and Regulatory Affairs
Media Contact: LARA Communications
June 1, 2018 – Michigan celebrates with the rest of the nation as Gov. Rick Snyder today proclaimed June as Immigrant Heritage Month. Michigan celebrates its past, present, and future by welcoming those from across the globe who contribute to Michigan’s cultural diversity and economic growth.
“Michigan is a national leader in welcoming New Americans and that is something to be proud of,” Snyder said. “This month, our great state acknowledges and celebrates the many diverse ways immigrants have enriched our culture and economy throughout Michigan’s history.”
Governor Snyder established the Michigan Office for New Americas (MONA) in 2014 to help retain and attract global talent; to promote the skills, energy, and knowledge of our immigrant communities; and, to create a welcoming culture within Michigan.
MONA helps coordinate existing state agency services to immigrants and facilitates partnerships with non-profits, economic development organizations, universities, and the private sector in the areas of licensing, workforce training, education, housing, healthcare and quality of life. MONA also offers the Michigan International Talent Solutions (MITS) program, a free job search training, and coaching program designed to support highly skilled immigrants in Michigan return to their professional field.
“Immigrant Heritage Month is an opportunity to recognize and celebrate the continued contributions of immigrants that live and work in Michigan,” said MONA Director Bing Goei. The immigrants of Michigan enrich our quality of life with music, food, art, and fashion, as well as contribute to the states ever-expanding economy.”
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