The Office of Global Michigan 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 and refugee communities; and, strives to make Michigan a more welcoming state. Consistent with that vision, the office supports immigrant and refugee integration initiatives for the state. It works with state agencies that provide services to immigrants and refugees and strives to minimize or eliminate barriers to accessing those state services. Global Michigan analyzes and makes recommendations to the Governor on state and federal policies and programs. It also leads the Global Michigan and Ethnic Cabinet initiatives. Global Michigan partners closely with refugee resettlement agencies, economic development organizations, ethnic service providers, universities, non-profits, our state Ethnic Commissions, and many other organizations around the state. Additionally, it strives to make Michigan a more welcoming state. Global Michigan's work touches the areas of licensing, workforce training, education, housing, healthcare and quality of life.
The Office of Global Michigan is responsible for two programs: the Michigan International Talent Solutions (MITS) program and the state refugee services program. Additionally, it aligns closely with the three state ethnic commissions through the Chairpersons Council.
Global Michigan is nationally known for the work that it has done with skilled immigrant occupational licensing guides in partnership with BPL in LARA, as well as for its work in the area of skilled immigrant workforce development.