Thursday, September 27, 6:30–8:30pm. 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.

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 US? With data and stories, our speakers will help us demystify an important and misunderstood subject in our culture and politics.

Featuring Kayla Park, Refugee Capacity Builder at Samaritas Youth Services in Detroit, and Paul J. Fleming, Assistant Professor of Health Behavior and Health Education at the University of Michigan School of Public Health.

6:30pm—Welcome and Refreshments
7pm—Speakers followed by Q&A