Belgians in Michigan
Author: Bernard A. Cook
At the onset of the twenty-first century, Michigan was home to the second-largest Belgian population in the US, and Detroit had one of the largest Belgian populations in the nation. Although immigration had declined after World War I, the Belgian-American community remained prominent in the state. Political, religious, and economic conditions, including a nineteenth-century depression, helped motivate the move to America. Belgians brought with them the ability and willingness to innovate, as well as a tradition of hard work and devotion.