About the Michigan Office for New Americans
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.
Governor Rick Snyder announced his vision for the office during the 2014 State of the State Address, saying that "We need to focus on immigration and make sure people know Michigan is the most welcoming place."
Consistent with that vision, Governor Snyder signed an executive order in early 2014 creating MONA. The office supports immigration and immigrant integration initiatives for the state. It works with state agencies that provide services to immigrants and refugees, and tries to minimize or eliminate barriers to accessing those state services. MONA analyzes and makes recommendations to the Governor on state and federal policies and programs. It also leads the Global Michigan and Ethnic Cabinet initiatives. MONA partners closely with refugee resettlement agencies, economic development organizations, ethnic service providers, universities, our state Ethnic Commissions and many other organizations around the state. Additionally, it strives to make Michigan a more welcoming state. MONA’s work touches the areas of licensing, workforce training, education, housing, healthcare and quality of life.
As Governor Snyder has said previously, “We are the best Michigan when we are a diverse Michigan – one that is made up of people whose stories and journeys are not identical. One path to success and prosperity looks different than the next, which should be celebrated and encouraged.”