The International Institute of Metropolitan Detroit (IIMD) was founded in Detroit in 1919 by a group of YWCA volunteers, who sought to help legal immigrants learn English, appreciate freedom and democracy, become U.S. citizens, be assimilated into their new communities, and learn to understand each other's cultures.

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uninterrupted service for over

100 Years

to over

2 Million People



180 Cultures



200 World Languages


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What We Offer

Immigration Legal Services

Like those who came before them, today’s immigrants invigorate the economy and enrich our culture, traditions and values. Yet, they face labyrinthine statutes, rules and regulations, multiple layers of bureaucratic intimidation and an increasingly insensitive political climate fueled by nativist feelings.


We are proud to represent these courageous newcomers and their families.


Immigrant Resource Center

IIMD Immigrant Resource Center offers a number of pathways to success and self-sufficiency for Metro Detroit immigrants and  members of the Detroit community, including:

Center for Excellence >

Career Development and  Job Placement >

Vocational Training >

ESL and GED Services >

Job Search and Employability Skills Workshops >


We offer  offers a variety of educational opportunities including employment, finances, citizenship and acculturation for the newly arrived and global languages and cultures for the general public.  MORE >

Spanish Classes >

Global Languages Classes >

English as Second Language (ESL) Classes >

GED Classes>

Citizenship Classes>

History of Detroit Class>

Global Education Programs

urpose of the Global Education program is to expand the knowledge of children and adults about global cultures and widen their views of the world. Take a look at the programs that the Global Education Department conducts.

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If you need a space to locate an office, meetings, banquets, conferences, theatre groups, wedding receptions, graduation parties, we have rental space for you!

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We are proud to own collections, artifacts exhibits and historical rooms that illustrate various nationalities and cultures around the world and tells parts of the history that makes IIMD the way it is today.


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