St James’ Invites You to “Immigration in Michigan: Our Neighbors’ Stories”

What is it like to live as an immigrant or refugee, particularly in Michigan? What conditions cause women and men, girls and boys, to leave or flee their country, and what happens when they arrive in the U.S. and in Michigan?

All are invited to St. James’ Episcopal Church in Dexter as they host Immigration in Michigan: Our Neighbors’ Stories, Thursday, September 27, 6:30–8:30pm.

With data and stories, our speakers will help demystify an important and misunderstood subject in our culture and politics. Topics that will be covered are: Do immigrants take jobs away from Americans? Do immigrants help the economy? Are immigrants educated? Do they take advantage of welfare? Are they taking over?

The George W. Bush Institute’s handbook on immigration and economic growth reports that immigrants account for 13.5 percent of the total US population, which is in line with historical norms. More immigrants than native-born Americans are employed. And immigrants have founded more than 40 percent of Fortune 500 companies. Recent immigrants are more likely to have college degrees than native-born Americans and are more likely to have advanced degrees.

With solid information and individual stories, Dr. Paul Fleming, Assistant Professor in Health Behavior and Health Education, School of Public Health, University of Michigan and Kayla Parks, Refugee Capacity Builder for Samaritas Refugee Foster Care Services, will join St. Jame’s for their Coffee & Conversation on Thursday, Sept 27.

Refreshments begin at 6:30 pm with the presentation at 7:00 pm followed by Q & A. No reservations required.  All are invited. Bring your questions and concerns as this oft misunderstood subject in our culture and politics is demystified.

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