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Original article URL: http://bridgemi.com/2014/06/interactive-map-one-state-many-nations-in-a-new-century-michigan-looks-to-its-immigrants/
17 June 2014
Once upon a time, immigrants swelled Michigan’s population, arriving with dreams of working in factories and mines, in farms and companies. And they left their mark on every corner of it. Immigrants are the reason the signature food of the Upper Peninsula, the Cornish pasty, can be purchased around the corner from the pizzerias founded by the descendants of Italian miners, both groups living among Finns and Germans.
Downstate, agricultural workers from Mexico and Central America settled throughout west Michigan, while the Detroit area was a virtual United Nations of newcomers from the Middle East, Europe, East and Southern Asia.
Today, the state is no longer the booming center of an industrial economy, but it still draws immigrants as it did before. Some come via choice, others are swept by the flood tides of revolutions and forcible uprooting. They come from different countries, in search of the same fortunes. A few data points, and their sources: