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Refugee Services

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Refugee Services

Supporting the effective resettlement and integration of refugees in Michigan.

Mission Statement

Michigan has always been one of the most welcoming states in the country.  Its residents are compassionate people recognizing the importance of human dignity for all people.  Building this well-being for people is much like a construction project.  It requires resources, expertise, and collaboration.  Building a successful, thriving community requires the same things.  Michigan's Refugee Services programs provide refugees with the resources they need to rebuild their lives in order to survive, thrive, and contribute.

The State of Michigan's Refugee Services program is located in the Office of Global Michigan. Global Michigan's Refugee Services program and its staff supports the effective resettlement and integration of refugees in Michigan, ensuring their basic needs are met upon arrival so that they can live in dignity and achieve their highest potential.

Global Michigan's Refugee Services program staff:

  • Ensures coordination of all public and private resources in refugee resettlement in the State
  • Ensures access to mainstream programs for people with refugee and other humanitarian statuses
  • Distributes and oversees federal dollars to local agencies for direct service provision
  • Provides education and information about our new neighbors in Michigan

Refugee Resettlement

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The federal Department of State works with national voluntary/private resettlement agencies to decide the number of refugees to be settled in a particular region or state.  The national resettlement agencies work with partner, local affiliates in states.  Five Michigan agencies, funded through the federal Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration (PRM) in the Department of State, provide initial reception and placement services for the first 30 to 90 days in the United States for people who have just arrived in the country with refugee status.

The following agencies in Michigan assist with that initial resettlement process:

Refugee Services Programming

Ensuring our state's resident's collective success requires maximizing every individual's talents and contributions to strengthen both our social and economic prosperity.  The state's Refugee Services program leverages federal, state, and local resources to ensure refugees can contribute to their highest potential and use their talents to make Michigan continue to thrive.
Refugee Services Programming

Refugee Assistance

Refugee families with children in Michigan are eligible to apply for cash (Family Independence Program), available to residents with low income. The Refugee Assistance Program is a federally funded program which helps persons admitted into the U.S. as refugees to become self-sufficient after their arrival.
Refugee Assistance


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Frequently Asked Questions

View some frequently asked questions regarding Refugee Services 
Frequently Asked Questions