Detroit’s Refugee Community
Metro Detroit is an incredibly ethnically diverse city. The Hamtramck community is at the center of this diversity and stands as the most internationally diverse city in Michigan with more than 40% Known in the 20th century as a vibrant center of Polish American life and culture, Hamtramck has continued to attract immigrants, especially Bangladeshis. In 2015, its city council became the first majority Muslim city council in the U.S.
In the 1970s, refugees began resettling in Dearborn, Troy and Clinton Township and eventually found there way to Hamtramck as a gathering place for people of any faith and culture background. Refugees and immigrants in Michigan have long been engaged in blue collar work, first supporting the booming automobile manufacturing industry and now engaged in various aspects of manufacturing, warehousing, construction and hospitality around Metro Detroit.
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