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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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 proud to represent these courageous newcomers and their families.


Center for Excellence

IIMD Immigrant Resource Center offers a multi-level pathway to success and self-sufficiency for Metro Detroit immigrants and City of Detroit non-immigrants. Opportunities and educational services include:


The International Institute houses a variety of programs and services relating to employment, finances, culture, and more >


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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The International Institute is a member organization and otherwise associated with the following: