Lab. # 5 Understanding Immigration Issues

What is the process to becoming an immigrant in Michigan? Although the rules, requirements and process can easily be researched on various websites, talking to actual people who have immigrated to Michigan from other countries gives us a better understanding of the process.

What about the immigrant that immigrated 30 years ago, verses today? Are the rules different? Did they encounter more or less problems than the immigrant of today?

More than half of all immigrants in Michigan are naturalized U.S. citizens. While 342,465 immigrants (52.5 percent) had naturalized as of 2015, 124,804 immigrants were eligible to become naturalized U.S. citizens in 2015.

More than 70,000 U.S. citizens in Michigan live with at least one family member who is undocumented.

Figures and statistics can be researched all day long, but hearing the immigrants story of how they immigrated, and the process they went through, gives us a better understanding of the process to immigrating to Michigan.

In this audio series, I will be investigating the answers to the questions I have. I will go out in the community, and interview people who have actually immigrated to Michigan from other countries.

The Paperwork Trail, The Process, The Problems.

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