refugees en Michigan will help immigrant professionals <p>LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Gov. Rick Snyder has announced a partnership designed to help skilled immigrants and refugees living in Michigan integrate into the workforce.<br><br>Snyder's office says the program involves the nonprofit group Upwardly Global and the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs.<br><br>The governor says the department is issuing 10 online guides that explain Michigan's professional licensing requirements for individuals who were educated or have work experience overseas.<br> Sat, 22 Jun 2013 12:36:57 +0000 The Associated Press 13199 at Stateside for Tuesday, May 28th, 2013 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">There are many ideas and strategies being talked about for how to keep young people in Michigan. On today's show:&nbsp; we spoke with one young writer who says it's simply not enough.</span></p><p>And we heard about how refugees, having survived physical and psychological traumas in their home countries, are getting mental health services here in Michigan.</p><p>Also, Rick Pluta gave us an update on ex-Justice Diane Hathaway, who was sentenced for fraud in federal court today in Ann Arbor.</p><p> Tue, 28 May 2013 20:41:29 +0000 Stateside Staff 12771 at Stateside for Tuesday, May 28th, 2013 Sewing circles provide opportunities for women refugees <p>Twelve years ago, St. Vincent's Catholic Charities in Lansing started a job training program for women refugees, but organizers soon realized these women needed something other than job training.&nbsp;</p><p>"If you don't speak English, if you don't have a destination to go to, you can end up being incredibly isolated," said Jillian Olsen.</p><p>Jillian shows up once a week to help lead a sewing circle, teaching refugee women how to sew.</p><p>Sewing is important for a couple of reasons. It's a skill the women learn as part of the job training program, but it's also a way for the women to socialize and share common experiences.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Austin Davis spoke with some of the volunteers in this program. This piece was produced by Austin Davis and Kyle Norris.</span></p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above. </em> Tue, 28 May 2013 20:33:38 +0000 Stateside Staff 12768 at Sewing circles provide opportunities for women refugees Improving refugee mental health in Michigan <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Last year, some 8,100 refugees and asylum seekers fled their home countries and came to Michigan hoping to start a new life.</span></p><p>Many of these people might have wanted to stay at home, but war and organized violence made it impossible, and the United States opened its doors to them.</p><p>The World Health Organization estimates a full 50 percent of these refugees are suffering from mental illness.</p><p>The doctors and therapists who work with these refugees believe that number is too low.</p><p>What is life like for these wartime refugees and asylum seekers in Michigan? And what's being done to ease their transition into their new life and help treat these people as they suffer from psychiatric disabilities?</p><p>Hussam Abdulkhalleq&nbsp;is the program supervisor at the ACCESS Psychosocial Rehabilitation Center in Dearborn, the largest Arab-American human services non-profit in the nation.</p><p>He joined us today in the studio.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Tue, 28 May 2013 18:25:47 +0000 Stateside Staff 12767 at Improving refugee mental health in Michigan Michigan Syrians take risks to help refugees <p>Members of Michigan’s Syrian community are stepping up to help refugees fleeing the <a href="">bloody conflict in that country</a>.</p><p>Some lawyers in particular are helping Syrians seeking <a href=";vgnextchannel=c94e6d26d17df110VgnVCM1000004718190aRCRD">“temporary protected status”</a> or political asylum in the United States.</p> Mon, 20 Aug 2012 00:09:28 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 8723 at Michigan Syrians take risks to help refugees Detroit's Chaldean community fears for Middle East Christians <p>The withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq and Arab Spring revolutions have meant <a href="">a year of anxiety for Metro Detroit&rsquo;s Arab Christian community</a>.</p><p>Most members of that community are Chaldean, mostly Iraqi Catholics. Southeast Michigan is home to the largest Chaldean population outside Iraq.</p> Mon, 02 Jan 2012 02:01:28 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 5607 at Detroit's Chaldean community fears for Middle East Christians