International Metropolis Conference 2019: Workshops

On behalf of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, the International Steering Committee and the International Metropolis Project team, we would like to thank everyone who attended. We hope you enjoyed the conference program, cultural moments/experiences, social events and all that Ottawa had to offer.

Title Author Themes/ topics Description
Migration for a sustainable future: exploring local impact of global governance Brent Herbert-Copley
Danièle Bélanger
Chris Hagerman
Luca Lixi
Snežana Ratković
gg Research findings and insights on how the international dimension of the governance of migration may impact national and local levels. Explore whether and how such structures and processes may ameliorate the life of migrants and refugees and how displacement and movement may impact on local community.
Critical issues in migration governance: from regular pathways to highlights of the forthcoming World Migration Report 2020. Marie McAuliffe
Anna Triandafyllidou
Kathleen Newland
Lorenzo Guadagno
Caterina Guidi
Laura Bartolini
gg Leading migration experts discuss some of the most pressing governance issues in migration: regular migration pathways and the links to irregular migration; the evolution of global migration governance and challenges to implementing the Global Compact; and responding to the increasingly prevalent situations globally of migrants in crises contexts.
Implementing the global compact for refugees and migration: the role of multi-sectoral partnerships James Milner
Jennifer Bond
Coleen Thouez
Jean-Nicholas Beuze
Muzna Dureid
Nathan Benson
gg Discusses how multi-sectoral partnerships can work to make the GCM easier to apply at a national level. Examines how to create links between different groups to support the implementation process.
Connecting migration across the sustainable development goals Sara Rose Taylor
Jenna Hennebry
Hari KC
Kathleen Newland
Andrew Chunilall
gg Examine the role of local governments on service provision, refugee protection, and migrant integration.
The impact of global compact on local communities and refugees Başak Kale
Murat Erdoğan
Ümit Kızıltan
Kemal Kirişçi
gg Examine the role of local governments on service provision, refugee protection, and migrant integration.
Refugees as economic migrants and the development of complementary pathways for refugees Madeleine Green
Jean-Nicholas Beuze
gg Address key and unanswered migration related policy questions, and how data innovation (big data, non-traditional data and innovative data uses) could contribute in filling these gaps taking into account ethical use of data and the protection of individuals’ privacy.
Lessons learned on opening labor migration pathway for refugees. Sayre Nyce
Bruce Scoffield
Simon Hurditch
Mohammed Hakmi
Omar Salaymeh
gg Showcase and discuss recent efforts in support of refugees migrating to Canada through economic immigration pathways. With the adoption of the Global Compact for Refugees in December 2018, the international community recognized the need for countries like Canada to make available to overseas refugees more migration pathways in addition to traditional resettlement – ‘complementary pathways for refugees’.
The local dimensions of GCM implementation Tienne Chenier
Kathleen Newland
Debbie Douglas
Sarah Rosengaertner
gg The panel will be hosted by Canada, and will provide a forum to discuss the benefits of a “whole-of-society” approach to implementation, with a particular focus on the engagement of local authorities and civil society organizations. This discussion is intended to help bridge divides between global policy discussions and local realities and between civil society, local authorities and national governments.
Installing south-south migration on the research and policy agenda Abel Chikanda
Margaret Walton-Roberts
Irudaya Rajan
Anil Dhakal
Sujata Ramachandran
Shiva Mohan
Carla Angulo-Pasel
Jonathan Crush
Percy Toriro
Jolin Joseph
ss For most origin and destination countries in the S, S-S migration is by far the most important form of migration. This double workshop offers critical insights into this state of affairs, exploring concepts, corridors and connections (Part 1) and crises, controls and contradictions (Part 2). Issues and case studies discussed relate to definitions and dynamics, gendered mobility and governance models, remittances and development, irregularity, politics, humanitarian action, protection, food security.
Network Effect: Learn how local networks support immigrant employment outcomes in Germany, Canada and the US Dana Wunderlich
Devon Franklin
Ian Hartlen
Vanja Pantic-Oflazoglu
ei Explores creative local initiatives in Germany, Canada, and the US to attract and retain immigrants in regions with labour shortages. Such initiative have evolved to encompass a network of NGOs, government entities, and other local leaders developing measures to tap into and fully leverage immigrants' skills.
The economic and innovation outcomes of STEM immigrants Garnett Picot
Feng Hou
Joel Blit
Mikal Skuterud
Jue Zhang
Mamta Chauhan
ei Examine the economic contribution of STEM immigrants by comparing their relative economic outcomes and innovation activities in both Canada and the USA, relative to the native born population. It will discuss the observed differences against the backdrop of the different immigration policies.
Refugee economic integration: context, barriers and solutions Shamira Madhany
Adam Elsod
Mustafa Alio
Rez Gardi
ei Integration of refugees and displaced persons into the labour market is challenging process. Each presenter offers a different lens to conceptualize the issue.
Employment first: accelerating the integration of high-risk refugees into the workforce and the community Aaron Hamer
Chris Thomas
Gordana Radan
Eva Millona
Bernd Parusel
Mary Kam
ei Explore best practices and methodologies that have been designed to expedite the learning process and the acquisition of vital resources for newcomer entrepreneurs.
“It’s the Economy, Stupid!” or is it? Attraction and retention of newcomers in smaller and remote centres in Canada and the United States Shelley Bent
Michelle Lam
Yoko Yoshida
Michael Haan
Dan Wallace
Marc Valade
ei Discuss ongoing research and strategy development in the case of immigrant attraction and retention in smaller communities.
How immigrants affect a country: weighing the benefits, risks and costs associated with migration Eden Crossman
Cédric de Chardon
Haozhen Zhang
Jennifer Hunt
Paul Spoonley
Lesleyanne Hawthorne
ei Examine the economic impact of migraton on host nations, including the benefits, costs and risks.
Addressing the refugee crisis: the nexus between migration and international aid John Light
Jack Jedwab
Rupak Chattopadhyay
Katelyn Gough
ei Examine how migration can cost and benefit countries of origin, and what developmental aid programs and policies have been initiated to address these impacts. 2/3 from Metropolis Canada
Innovative Data and Research to Understand Economic Contributions by Migrants and Refugees Benoit Dostie
Huju Liu
Guy Lacroix
Andy Handouyahia
Essolaba Aoulis
Courtney Humeny
ei This workshop discusses innovative data sets, housed at the Canadian Centre for Data Development and Economic Research (CDER) or included in the Labour Market Program Data Platform, which can be leveraged to study immigration, to enable high-quality evidence-based evaluation and research, and to support policy development. The goal is to understand and measure immigrants’ and refugees’ socio-economic contributions in Canada and their social inclusion.
Beyond business as usual: immigrant entrepreneurship Sara Rose Taylor
Karla Briones
Irene Sihvonen
Sari Pekkela Kerr
ei Evaluates the best policies and settlement programming to support and promote immigrant entrepreneurship.
Overcoming barriers to immigrant entrepreneurship: practical & regulatory solutions Wendy Cukier
Henrique Hon
Ruby Latif
Erin Roach
ei For many new immigrants, entrepreneurship is a source of gainful employment and financial stability. The goal of this workshop is to analyze the challenges in the entrepreneurial world (such as credit histories) and deliberate potential solutions to these obstacles.
Exploring current and emerging approaches to assessing migrants' credentials and competencies Anne Guller-Frey
Shamira Madhany
Leah Nord
Prashil Singh
Stephan Schiele
ei Migrants arrive with skills and represent an immense opportunity for receiving countries despite facing an array of barriers when trying to access the labour market. Recognition of academic credentials and professional skills acquired abroad is the single most important step that needs to be taken to overcoming these challenges. Drawing from the experiences of the workshop panelists, the session will highlight current and emerging approaches to assessing and recognizing credentials and competencies of skilled immigrants.
Cities, employers and the labour market integration of immigrant professionals Margaret Eaton
Sarah Janali
Markku Lahtinen
Ashleigh Brand
ei Hear about the issues that are driving cities to make more concerted efforts to attract and retain immigrant professionals.
What is working, how partnerships between the cities have helped accelerate impact and growth, the importance of employer engagement, and, what are the lessons learned in creating economic success for immigrants and for cities.
The attraction and retention of migrant talent: trends, experiences and approaches Martin Geiger
Lesleyanne Hawthorne
Daniel Hiebert
Paul Spoonley
Henry Wang
Miao Lu
Linda He
Henry Akanko
Margaret Eaton
Mari Taverne
Sangeeta Subramanian
ei 2 moderated discussion panels — look at current trends and best practises. Panelists include professors, CEOs and presidents of businesses.
Making skilled migration work through innovative support structures Evelien Willems
Julia Lubjuhn
C. P. St Amand
Silje Molander
ei Explores the support structures for qualified and labour migrants from an international perspective. Models adopted in Germany, Netherlands, Canada and Norway are analyzed in order to understand context-specific reasons in each nation for attracting, intergrating, employing and retaining skilled migrants.
(Highly) skilled labour migration: selective immigration policies and skills shortages Johannes Remy
Bernd Parusel
Maren Stegink
Dan Wallace
ei Examines different policies and strategies to attrack skilled labour. The analysis includes state-level policies, national strategies and target-group specific plans.
Integration of refugees into the Canadian workforce: strategies, coordination and employer perspective Anita Carroll
Dana Wagner
Ellen Austin
ei This panel discusses the integration of refugees into the Canadian workforce, with a focus on the direct involvement of employers and corporate engagement.
Permanent resident status for highly skilled foreign workers in Canada Chen Wang
Amrita Hari
Delphine Nakache
ei Analyzes the current immigration system in Canada and how, despite the equal promise of Permanent Residency, some immigrant groups are more poised to attain PR over other groups. The impact of these policies on different high-skilled migrant groups is examined.
Doing Immigration and Settlement Differently: Regional Economic Needs & Integration. Tooba Housany
Erin Tierney
Korey McKinnon
Lara Dyer
Catherine Saint-Hilaire
Mirta Gonzalez
ei Examines immigration and refugee settlement issues in regions outside of the big metropoles, looking at lessons learned from Canada, Italy, and Australia. Particular focus will be on innovative aspects of programs that are designed to help distribute the benefits of immigration beyond major cities, support regional economic development, and help meet regional labour market needs.
Migrant worker support network, British Columbia pilot Luce Gelinas
Katie Rosenberger
Imelda Nicolas
mi One of the key and unique initiatives that Canada has undertaken to improve worker protection is the establishment of a Migrant Worker Support Network (Network) pilot in British Columbia (BC). Announced in the Federal Budget 2018, Network members include temporary foreign workers (TFWs), migrant workers support organizations, government officials of sending countries, Government of BC representatives, independent experts, unions, industry representatives, employers, and federal government representatives. Network members collaborate on key issues to better support, protect, and empower TFWs. The Network also supports employers to understand and meet Program conditions and requirements. The Federal Government is also providing funding to non-profit organizations to these ends.
The business of settlement Tadgh McMahon
Carl Nicholson
Fariborz Birjandian
Eva Millona
Meyer Burstein
mi Leaders from different countries will share their personal experiences in the evolution of their countries’ settlement sectors, and they will share challenges and success in a business where they must meet a number of stakeholder’s expectations – those who buy services (government), customers (immigrants and refugees) and stakeholders (community at large)
How would you change the settlement sector, if you could? Marco Campana
Eliana Trinaistic
Alysha Baratta
mi How can immigrant and refugee-serving organizations lead the change? Can we work with existing and emerging actors to create a more responsive, collaborative, and impactful space for the people we serve? Can we build a knowledge transfer culture across the sector to better share and learn from each other, and collaborate?In this session you'll hear from organizations leading this type of collaboration in the Settlement sector.
The challenges of working with migrants in an international context. Sonia Ben Soltane
Sylvie Lapointe
Howard Nadler
Julie Rosicky
Jill Hanley
mi (in french) This presentation aims to show that assistance for migrants not only happens once they reach the host country, but also before, in international contexts, or when migrants are in limbo. The goal of the panel is to present different international contexts of aid intervention for migrants, and to highlight the different actors who offer this help.
Immigrant integration at eye level: the diverse role of migrant organizations and networks Liam Patuzzi
Sonja Basjmeleh
Maren Stegink
Mustafa Alio
Hugo Ortíz Dubón
mi Compares how migrant organizations and networks can contribute to local development and long-term integration in Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden and Canada.
Mediating and brokering: Canadian immigration bureaucracy and its interfaces. How policies and partnerships can restrict the design of an inclusive society. Fariborz Birjandian
Amanda Koyama
Jennifer Elrick
Mireille Paquet
Vic Satzewich
mi This session is double-fold: i. it explores the role of immigration bureaucracies in shaping policymaking and its implementation, including how interactions with non-state actors have affected that role; ii. it argues for the need for strong communication and transparency between systems and community-based organizations to improve and enhance settlement and integration, and to advocate for policy change.
Migration data innovation for policy: promises and challenges Stefaan Verhulst
Marzia Rango
Michele Vespe
Ingmar Weber
Ümit Kiziltan
Heather Dryburgh
Ronald Jansen
Nicole Isaac
et Policymakers need timely and reliable data to understand issues surrounding migration. Big data, non-traditional sources of data, and innovative use of existing data is an opportunity to strengthen capacities and knowledge.
Tech solutions to immigration problems? Tanzil Rahman
David Crawford
et Present the findings of a recently concluded study conducted by the authors, exploring the technological infrastructure which exists to manage immigration across thirty countries, within the context of a broader discussion regarding how countries can maintain competitiveness in the global market for skilled migrants.
Using technology to empower credential recognition Beth Clarke
Annetta Stroud
Anne Guller-Frey
et Demonstrates how technology is being creatively deployed to eliminate the credential recognition barrier to integration.
Data in migration health – when and where it counts! Lorna Jantzen
Edward Ng
Jay Johnston
Astrid Guttmann
Marcelo Urquia
Kolitha Wickramage
Hassan Vatanparast
et Explores the importance of data in migrant health issues and policy development. It will highlight current data linkages and identify where gaps exist. Using various databases and information from multiple countries, this session will explore best practices and lessons learned from a variety of speakers across sectors and backgrounds and will discuss the role of data in informing guidelines.
“Integration to go” - the use of digital technology in the integration process Karin Ransberger
Stephan Schiele
Gabe Vasquez
Louisa Taylor
et Explores the potential of digital tools to help migrants in the integration process, specifically employment.
Immigrants, media and technology Amira Halperin
Mohammed Alsaleh
Bart Brands
Jati Sidhu
et Explores how Syrian refugees use technology to communicate with each other and with aid actors, and how communication technology can facilitate social change where traditional media has been compromised, by individuals engaging with the production of online news.
Automation and artificial intelligence in immigration processing: guiding principles for ethical implementation Patrick McEvenue
Petra Molnar
et Automation and artificial intelligence (AI) hold much promise as a means of improving application processing. Along with benefits, these technologies also bring new issues and risks: technical, legal and ethical. Guidance will be critical to ensuring that automation and AI are used in a manner that is fair, transparent, accountable, and appropriate to the migration context.
The UNHCR’s cities of solidarity: the experience in the Americas Renata Dubini cm Discuss the impact of cities on migrants, with a focus on the UNHCR’s Cities of Solidarity project and the Cities #WithRefugees initiative. The session will examine challenges and successes in city-level integration of refugees, asylum seekers, IDPs, and stateless persons.
The inclusive city: envisioning municipal infrastructure options for immigrant integration Westy Egmont
Usha George
Vera Dodic
Eva Millona
cm Four presentations that analyze the growth of municipal offices in Canada and the United States, and their impact on on migrant intergration. Particular focus will be paid given to what lessons can be learnt, and what challenges remain to be addressed.
Migrant integration in cities: learning through networks Rupak Chattopadhyay
Leslie Seidle
Irena Guidikova
Kim Turner
cm Explore how, in a climate that is often less welcoming than in the past, cities are innovating and providing examples for others.
Pratique inclusives et action municipale au Quebec (Inclusive practices and municipal action in Quebec) Bob W. White
Irena Guidikova
Nel Ewane
Alain Castilla
Annie Morin
Rabia Chaouchi
cm (in french) As the front-line workers on the reception and integration of immigrants, cities have a better understanding of the needs of this group and the strategies to tackle them. This presentation will highlight models for inclusion that have been adopted in cities across Quebec.

Urban citizenship and intercultural integration: mobility and rights in the era of super-diversity Bob W. White
Aude-Clair Fourot
Mireille Paquet
Jessica Lagacé-Banville
Aude Mary
cm The ultimate aim of a growing number of cities is to enable undocumented migrants to life dignified lives but also to contribute to the local communities and prepare, as it may be, to perhaps one day to become citizens, or to lead meaningful and productive lives in their future countries of residence, including countries of origin. However, because each are doing this within the specificities of different national jurisdictions as well as different local economic, demographic and political contexts, the routes and methods being adopted are many and varied.
Immigration and integration in global cities: Chinese and Indian Immigrants in Singapore, Vancouver, and LA Rajiv Aricat
Kennedy Wong
Miu Chung Yan
Ashelee Yang
Peidong Yang
Shaohua Zhan
Sherman Chan
Howard Duncan
Shaohua Zhan
cm Examines Indian and Chinese immigrants to Singapore, Vancouver, and LA, drawing from data from a large immigration research project. The presentations examine immigration policy and actions, use of ICTs, reactions in host countries and civil-society organizations.
Thinking outside the box: innovative pathways to refugee employment Ian Hartlen
Peggy Lau
Hugo Ortiz Dubon
Viola Zabeti
cm Representatives from refugee-receiving communities discuss innovative models developed to ease refugee pathways to employment and support the invaluable work of employment counsellors and settlement workers.
Innovation and futures thinking for resilient and inclusive cities in our rapidly changing world Robert Plitt
Jeny Mathews-Thusoo
Rita Afsar
Rui Carvalho
cm Think in new ways about the future and to challenge assumptions about how resilient and inclusive cities could look like tomorrow. Learn about trends that we need to watch for and how to use these trends to develop foresight infused strategies that support cities to anticipate and prepare for change and disruption, instead of just reacting to yesterday’s problems.
Tale of two cities: a transpacific partnership challenging current refugee and migrant narratives Peter Zographakis
Carla Morales
Jock Collins
Dina Petrakis
cm Discusses the transnational IGNITE Program, which is a joint venture between Australia’s Settlement Services International (SSI) and the Immigrant Services Society of British Columbia (ISSofBC). IGNITE shows the benefits of migration through programs that invest in entrepenurship and startups.
Refugees and visible minority immigrant political agency: Australia and Canada Saeed A. Khan
Tasneem Chopra
Dylan Fielding
pc Examines recent refugee migration to the USA and Australia. Evaluates host country responses as well as refugee efforts to integrate and gain agency in their new communities, and offers recommendations to government organizations to facilitate refugee integration, notably through better political participation.
Behind the numbers: public opinion on immigration in North America and Israel Jack Jedwab
Ana Gonzalez-Barrera
Jack Jedwab
Lilian Ma
Karin Amit
pc Highlights information gleaned from surveys in Canada, the United States, Mexico and Israel on public opinion of refugees. Examines the best uses of information from these surveys and will reflect on the different perspectives on refugees in the different studied countries.
Increasing immigration sustainably in an era of populism Jasmine Gill
Alex LeBlanc
Tanzil Rahman
Keith Chau
Kareem El-Assal
pc Discusses how Canada can maintain public support for immigration while increasing its newcomer intake sustainably, with considerations of employment, entrepreneurship, education, urban development, and early childhood supports. It will then include an analysis of the economic impact of immigration and public attitudes on immigration in Australia, with policy lessons for Canada.
Concerns about immigration and measures to improve public confidence Afzal Upal
Azmat Abbas
Noor Din
Patricia Wallinger
pc While Canadians have generally been supportive of their government's immigration policies, there are underlying concerns about their impact on public security, economy and social peace. Discussions evaluate: 1) ways to achieving full social and economic inclusion of immigrants and refugees in Canada; 2) communication techniques and rhetoric used to promote fear and intolerant ideologies; 3) immigration and role of media in the age of populism.
Monitoring and evaluating the impacts of migration discourses, policies and programs to strengthen public confidence in migration: a multidisciplinary dialogue. Guido Tintori
Carolyne Tah
David Kurfurst
Tadgh McMahon
pc This workshop draws on the perspectives of policy makers, researchers and practitioners from the EU, UK, Canada and Australia to engage in a multidisciplinary dialogue around key questions:
• How can we understand public attitudes and discourses around migration and their influence on democratic processes?
• How can we make evaluation more influential in migration policy debates?
• How do we know that programs designed to help newcomers and migrants to integrate are working and how can we disseminate learnings to influence policy and practice?
• How do we make monitoring and evaluation in the area of migration policy and programs more relevant to the wider public and influence public debates?
Raising Our Game: Communicating to Counter Anti-Immigrant Rhetoric Louisa Taylor
Daniel Cervan-Gil
Thomas Coombes
Susan Fratzke
pc What works and what doesn’t, when it comes to communicating for pluralist societies? A cross-section of practitioners will discuss key challenges and strategies for communicating for welcome and inclusion, and audience members will be invited to share context and strategies in their own countries. Topics include: the strengths and limitations of rights-based communications, framing progressive messaging, sector constraints, and building capacity for communications.
Identity negotiation: Being Francophone in a transnational and bilingual contex. Luisa Veronis
Jean-Marie Vianney
Manolli Ekra
Anne-Cécile Delaisse
Suzanne Huot
pc Focus on francophones and tensions between their original identity (from their home country) and their new identity in the new country, and also on their impacts and relations in diasporas and adopted country
Transnationalism twenty years on Howard Duncan
Corinne Prince
Hong Liu
Imelda Nicolas
Louisa-May Khoo
Jingmin Yang
Shawn Loh
Katie Clancy
Bharati Sethi
Nazia Bano
Allison Williams
pc The social and economic dynamics within transnational communities is explored, with the desire to advance theories of transnatioanlism in the context of contemporary migration.
Mental health & refugees - when the one size fits all, fits none? How to build the right strategy Michael MacKinnon
Kevin Pottie
Kwame McKenzie
Astrid Guttmann
Annalee Coakley
Connie Mulligan
Catherine Panter-Brick
Bonita Varga
mh Discuss the medical needs and mental health concerns in refugee populations and the ensuing policy implications based on recent experiences of welcoming refugees. This session aims to bring light to the need for evidence based research and recommendations to support the arrival and integration of refugees and vulnerable populations in host countries.
Establishing the right linkages between migrants’ health and appropriate healthcare post-migration Michael MacKinnon
Doug Manuel
Esme Fuller-Thomson
Mohammadreza Rezailashkajani
James R. Dunn
Christina Greenaway
Añiela M. dela Cruz
Jay Johnston
Mary Ellen Macdonald
mh Discuss health status and conditions of migrants, with a focus on continuity of care and contributing to the healthy immigrant effect. Also how we can support immigrants with health conditions to contribute positively to society.
Migration health - disease knows no borders. What do we do now and what can we do better? Michael MacKinnon
Charles Hui
Kevin Pottie
Chris Archibald
Elizabeth Rea
Teymur Noori
Ines Campos-Matos
Christina Greenaway
Jay Johnston
Nanje Yvonne Nange
mh Focus on infectious diseases in migrants and international health screening practices with a view to protect the public health in the host country and encourage continuity of care for migrants with specific health conditions.
HIV and migration in the era of aids-free cities Sarah-Amélie Mercure
Anne Landry
Nadine Kronfli
mh While Montreal has committed to becoming an AIDS-free city, it is the capacity of current regulations and available resources to meet all the needs of people that is being questioned: What access to the health system for migrants with precarious status? More broadly, what are the paths to culturally safe care, what are the intercultural or political adjustments to be made so that the end of the HIV epidemic in 2030 can be achieved across borders?
Red Cross and Red Crescent response to Rohingya crisis in Bangladesh Haytham Qosa
Nazmul Khan
Leanne Olson
Andrea Peters
mh This panel discussion pertains to the Rohingya refugee crisis in Bangladesh. The rise in capacity of the Bangladesh Red Cresent Society (BDRDS) and the contributions of Canadian Red Cross (CRC) to the effort are analyzed. Panel discussion
Oral health care of refugees and asylum seekers in Canada: challenges and opportunities Mark Keboa
Sonica Singhal
Vrati M. Mehra
Christy Costanian
Siay Khanna
mh Provide a platform for stakeholders to discuss collaborative strategies to enhance oral health care of refugees and refugee claimants in Canada.
Migration health in the global context Davide Mosca
Michael MacKinnon
Charles Hui
Kevin Pottie
Paul Douglas
Kolitha Wickramage
mh This session brings international leaders together to showcase the work being done on migration health and how this topic remains to be a research priority given globalization.
Transcultural aspect of genocide, trauma and treatment of Yazidi Valerian Marochko
Jana Denkinger
Allison Henderson
Ulrike Kreis
Lloy Wylie
Sherin Hussein
Rose Nasswetter
Shawna Lockie
Trish Jaques-Laur
mh The international panel explains the interaction of cultural and psycho-social factors, and discusses strategies, such as cognitive behavioural therapy, narrative exposure therapy with Yazidi adolescents and children and trauma-informed care approaches that can support transcultural mental health care for survivors of war, gender-based violence, and collective trauma.
Surviving and thriving after genocide: lessons learned from the Yazidi resettlement Fariborz Birjandian
Valerian Marochko
Tanaz Javan
Jennifer Sandu
Lori Wilkinson
Astrid Perry
Bindu Narula
mh This workshop explores lessons learned from the Yazidi resettlement, with a focus on both the trauma and violence informed care (TVIC) in this process and the subsequent aspects of secondary traumatization of service providers. Recommendations will be made for the implementation of TVIC as a best practice within the context of resettlement and integration.
Meeting the healthcare needs of resettled refugees in canada: lessons from the Syrian commitment Ahmed Bayoumi
Vanessa Redditt
Michaela Hynie
Astrid Guttmann
Kwame McKenzie
mh When Canada welcomed an historically large number of resettled refugees under the Syrian commitment beginning in November 2015, ensuring access to timely primary healthcare was a priority for resettlement agencies and private sponsors. This workshop will consist of four short presentations highlighting this issue followed by a facilitated discussion with the audience.
Health workforce migration to OECD “magnet countries”- trends and issues in Canada, Australia and Germany Shamira Madhany
Lesleyanne Hawthorne
Alexia Olaizola
Stephan Schiele
mh Examines the issues of migrants from the health sector who aim to look for jobs in this sector in the host countries and defines contemporary approaches to foreign credential recognition, followed by an analysis of factors influencing outcomes in Canada, Australia and Germany.
How to better measure pluralism and migrant integration? Lessons from comparative experience Nathan Bowers-Krishnan
Orkan Kösemen
Paul Holley
Melissa Kelly
Mohd Sobhi Ishak
Ahmad Zul Hakimi bin Hassim
mc Examines two tools for measuring migrant integration: the diversity monitor and the Canadian Index for Measuring Integration. It will highlight key points on how to overcome challenges of diversity, and propose next steps for policymakers and academics.
Making connections: community’s role in immigration Shelley Bent
Carla Arsenault
Maryse O'Neill
Charles Cirtwell
Kareem El-Assal
Tewasen Teshome
Tracey Taweel
mc Explore ways in which communities can become immigration leaders and the importance of immigration in community and economic development.
Finding our voice: refugee integration through community storytelling Asha Siad
Roda Siad
Eliana Trinaistic
Nilofar Noor
Rabindra Chaulagain
mc Case studies from germany and Canada are discussed that demonstrate how refugees use the power of storytelling to offer counter-narratives and facilitate their own integration into the host community. The workshop will examine the ways in which capacity-building projects offer new approaches to integration and can promote dialogue with local communities.
The FIN Program and other initiatives to break the barriers to immigrant workforce integration. Claire Forman
Karyn Steer
Ledianis Rivero-Sosa
Ayotunde Ayodele Kayode
mc Presents the Federal Internship for Newcomers (FIN) Program and a multicultural peer mentoring program as models that promote diversity and inclusion in the work force and sets the tone for the economic integration of immigrants (71% from visible minority groups) by offering work experience within the public sector, supported by mentoring and training. The experience that newcomers gain, combined with the supports they receive, allows them to journey more confidently toward their long-term career goals, facilitates workplace integration, and can increase chances of job retention and professional growth.
Can we ever make newcomers local; contemporary takes on settlement services in smaller centres Mikael Hellstrom
Lina Gharbiya
Dominic Moran
Mohamed Bagha
mc Looks at multidimensional perspectives of how emerging programs and services are being designed and implemented to welcome and help newcomers integrate in smaller communities. It discusses the case study of New Brunswick, where universities partnered with the Saint John Newcomers Centre to connect students with newcomers for exchange of local experiences and perspectives.
FPT Engagement in Settlement and Integration Corinne Prince
John Biles
Amanda Kletke-Neufeld
mc Explore issues related to the alignment of federal and provincial settlement and integration services across Canada. Another country (potentially Australia) will be invited to present their governance model for comparison
Integrating vulnerable newcomers in communities: role of municipalities, employers and community actors Vesna Radulovic
Vicky Esses
Vanja Pantic- Oflazoglu
Fei Tang
Meagan Reid
Mohamed Bagha
mc Evaluate key characteristics, capacities and benchmarks of vulnerable migrant populations' settlement and integration in Canada. It will also outline the roles of different actors (various levels of government, employers, community actors) in welcoming and supporting newcomers.
Cross-administrative ecosystem for promoting the integration of highly educated immigrants Maija Airas
Heidi Stenberg
Laura Kyntölä
mc Finland has a growing need to develop labour market integration processes targeted at the highly educated migrants. The changes in 2015 refugee movement initiated the development of cross- administrative cooperation and new integration models. Workshop is presenting policies, tools, experiences and results developed in Finnish context.
Student migration and their labor market integration in Canada and selected EU Member States Maria-Alexandra Bassermann
Zaheer Dauwer
Kareem El-Assal
Sarah Groarke
Bernd Parusel
mc Investigates and compares the policy frameworks for international students in both Canada and Europe, concerning immigration regulations as well as the labour market integration of the students after they have completed their studies.
Recent trends in foreign qualification recognition and immigrant labour force inclusion Justin Cooke
Lesleyanne Hawthorne
Julie Tousignant
mc Highlights FQR-Foreign qualification recognition- and immigrant inclusion in Ontario’s regulated professions, with a focus on recent changes, trends, and challenges facing immigrant labour market integration
Political incorporation of immigrants: interdisciplinary perspectives Allison Harell
Thomas Soehl
Colin Scott
Christopher Erl
mc Cross-disciplinary discussion on voting and political integration of immigrants, focusing on what research has to say to policy makers about the successful political incorporation of immigrants.
Indigenous education for newcomers Anila Lee Yuen
Suzanne Clavelle
Charlie Wang
Paul Spoonley
John Biles
mc Discusses programs, strategies, and opportunities to connect newcomers and Indigenous peoples within the community and in schools.
How to secure an extra £7.5bn through self-integration Richard Thickpenny
Tom Dixon
mc Argues that in proselytising for policy-controlled integration, policy makers effectively create a life inhibiting Line of Control which stymies integration across all social, civic and economic dimensions. The notion of "Integration Premium" is used as a measure of refugee income disparity, highlighting how £7.5billion of income can be secured per 25,000 refugees if policy is focused on impact not outcomes.
Creating and understanding an inclusive workplace Howard Duncan
Vivi (Hui) Zhang
Kelly McGahey
Claire Forman
Sandra Saric
Johannes Remy
Soophia Ahmad
mc Increased migration is changing the fabric of today’s workforce, creating challenges and opportunities for organizations to attract, engage and manage international talent. An inclusive workplace is one that respects, values, and flourishes through diversity and is critical for both employees’ development and organizations’ long-term success. The proposed workshop explores the notion of workplace inclusion with representatives from academia, NGO, government, and business. The panelists are all actively involved in researching, promoting and implementing initiatives that promote workplace diversity and inclusion. The panel will share lessons learned and propose best practices about what creates and fosters an inclusive workplace.
Critical catalysts for the integration of refugee children and youth in Canada and Europe Antoinette Gagné
Emmanuelle Le Pichon-Vorstman
Nidhi Menon
Wesal Abu Qaddam
Zehra Palta
Kirsten Lauritsen
mc Provides multiple perspectives on promising programming and practices leading to the social and academic integration of refugee children, youth and their families in Canada, The Netherlands and Norway.
Employment success for low-to-mid skilled newcomers Linda Manning
Beba Svigir
Anne Gueller-Frey
Magali Stretch
Pearl Hystad
Karyn Steer
Jürgen Schröder
Linda Manning
edu The first presentation will centre on challenges to immigrants with low- and mid- level literacy, and the approaches used to support their education and economic integration. The second workshop will give different perspectives on a system of employment retention of low-skill/low-literacy refugees in high demand industries with on-the-job language and culture training.
Enhancing inclusivity through educational interventions: emerging projects in Canada, China, and Australia Michelle Lam
Doug Cronin
Mikael Hellstrom
Eric Sagenes
edu This panel explores four educational initiatives geared towards enhancing inclusivity, combatting racism, and meeting the settlement and integration goals of newcomers. These initiatives span a variety of sectors in Canada, China, and Australia, including community projects, academia, and the settlement sector. These educational interventions aim to combat racism, change attitudes and behaviours surrounding cultural diversity, socio-economic status and belonging. The panel will conclude with outcomes of the projects, including considerations for implementation in relevant policy and practice.
Newcomer women and effective integration Tim Foran
Jean-Pierre Voyer
Diana Jeffrie
edu Explores challenges related to the economic integration of visible minority newcomer women in Canada, as well as initiatives to address them and measure the effectiveness thereof.
Psychological well-being and socio-academic experience of refugee and immigrant students: the challenges to be addressed by school workers Garine Papazian-Zohrabian
Caterina Mamprin
Alyssa Turpin-Samson
Dania El Chaar
Jan Stewart
edu Focus on challenges to be addressed by the school system and school workers in order to promote the well-being and the integration of this population.
Aging, immigration and transnational care circulations. Sepali Guruge
Bharati Sethi
Huda Bukhari
Min-Jung Kwak
Margaret Walton-Roberts
si Explores the healthcare challenges of immigrants in Canada (healthy aging, accessibility), and assesses the degree of transnational healthcare utilization as a potential solution to such health needs and barriers in place.
Cultural competence: models and practices from Europe and Canada for building global talents and inclusive society isa Loong
Janice Simmons
Zeena Al Hamdan
si The workshop explores three models (from Germany, Sweden and Canada) of developing cultural competence in workplace and community. Aligned with new realities and demands of a rapidly diverse world, the models offer a vison to dissolve cultural and ethnic binaries and duality oppositions global - local, national - international, us - them. The presenters explore challenges in implementation of cultural competence practices and the positive impact for business companies and the broader society for fostering inclusion and for and changing the governance policies and strategies in immigrant integration.
Measuring migrant vulnerability Corinne Prince
Jack Jedwab
Howard Ramos
Yerís H. Mayol-García
Nona Grandea
Andrew Heisz
si Panelists will consider how best migrant vulnerability can be measured. They will discuss the dimensions that might comprise a measurement framework that aims at capturing migrant vulnerability.
Integrating New Methods into Immigration Systems. Stephanie Jay-Tosh
Justine Baron
Monica Soliman
Kelli Fraser
si This workshop introduces the use of human-centered design to understand clients’ experiences and pain points, showcasing a project from the settlement sector that used these methods. It also explores behavioural insights/experimentation applications that built onto the project’s findings, including a small hands-on exercise on that.
Critical reflections – exploring migration, settlement and social inclusion across three countries Astrid Perry
Mario Calla
Samantha Burdett
Viktoriya Kim
Om Dhungel
si Settlement practitioners, local government and social science scholars discuss distinguishing features of different migration and settlement programs and practices and the impact they have on successful settlement and social inclusion, in three different coutnries. Audiences are engaged to identify approaches that might be useful in their own country’s context.
Social inclusion and refugee integration: lessons learned Usha George
Huda Bukhari
Philina Wittke
Georgeta Pourchot
si Examine responses to the Syrian civil war crisis of 2015 and resulting refugee flows by evaluating cases of integration – or lack thereof – in Canada, Germany, and Central Europe. The cultural, scholarly and professional diversity of the discussants offers a wide range of analyses of the local population’s ability to respond to large inflows of refugees and measures for improvement in policy and practice.
From dream to reality. Immigrant women in Quebec cities, challenges, resilience and innovation Liliana Rico
Nathalie Araneda
Lizethe Rodriguez
Fernanda Guttierrez
Jill Hanley
Sonia Ben Soltane
Noémie Potvin
si This panel will bring together researchers and practice communities to discuss challenges and resiliency in the journeys of racialized immigrant women in Quebec. Presentations on various urban contexts will highlight the experiences of these immigrant women in large and medium-sized cities. They will also identify recent trends and summarize numerous political situations.
Ideological extremism, media and social diversity Solange Lefebvre
Allison Harell
Sylvian Rocheleau
Frédérick Bastien
ms This workshop will bring together various researchers from a range of disciplines to explore the relationship between the nature of media coverage of ideological extremism and its influence on radicalized individuals as well as the public in Quebec. Each presentation will highlight specific issues related to immigration and racism
Immigration and International Francophonie: Demographic and Identity Impacts Jack Jedwab
Didier Leschi
Corinne Prince
Victor Piché
Normand Labrie
id (in French) Evaluates how migration could stimulate the economy of francophone countries and promote ties with francophone host countries. Panelists will discuss the cause of migration to and from francophone countries and the challenges and opportunities associated with host countries.

Deserving or undeserving? How shifting perceptions of migrants’ shape pathways, experiences and bordering practices Olivia Ruiz
Pauline Gardiner Barber
Shiva Nourpanah
Linda Marie Dyrlid
Turid Sætermo
id Examining temporary foreign workers in Canada, work migrants and refugees in Norway, and the reception of the migrant caravans in Mexico and in the US, the workshop explores how groups of migrants are projected as for example ‘grateful’, ‘acceptable’, ‘dangerous’, ‘genuine’, ‘ideal’, or ‘unwanted’. We discuss some of the implications that this might have for the migrants’ situations, including how they select pathways for themselves and how it shapes feelings of belonging.
Training is not enough. Policy, evaluation, and lived experiences, and what works to settle LGBTQ+ newcomers Kelly Ernst
Sharalyn Jordan
Jarid Alcántar
Lisa Hébert
Jessica Horsnell
gen Training to settlement organizations on how to be sensitive to LGBTQ+ populations may be necessary, but it is not sufficient to achieve high degrees of success with LGBTQ+ refugees and immigrants. The workshop examines how high-level international policy must work in concert with settlement organizations, RAP sponsorship groups, and lived lives, by presenting policy research, quantitative data on the impact of various techniques, plus qualitive video research on the impacts on people’s lives.
Challenges to integrating immigrant women in the workforce Sara Rose Taylor
Kelly McGahey
Caitlin Killian
gen Speakers on this panel will discuss both barriers to and opportunities for success of immigrant women, coming from the diverse standpoints of different sectors and countries. The panel will focus on practical solutions for governments, educational institutions, service providers, and employers.
Strategies for the labour market integration of refugee women Johannes Remy
Debbie Douglas
Murat Erdogan
Corinne Prince
gen Refugee women face particular challenges in accessing labour markets in destination countries. This workshop will explore the nature of support that refugee women need to surpass structural hurdles, the role of formal labour market institutions such as employment agencies and disadvantages of well-targeted measures.
Wrap around family settlement Lisa Loong
Janice Simmons
Zeena Al Hamdan
Mary Kam
Sandra Almeida
cf A unique approach to addressing settlement needs of vulnerable refugee women and their children. Presenters will discuss how a nontraditional partnership addresses settlement services gaps such as lack of: service for young children, family unit approach, continuation of support, and barriers such as: literacy, and access.
The next generation: economic and social outcomes of the children of immigrants in Canada and Israel Ashley Manuel
Jack Jedwab
Umit Kiziltan
Karin Amit
cf This presentation addresses the problems with measuring the success of migration through second-generation immigrants.
Double jeopardy – loss of parental agency challenge during migration and settlement process Deborah Bell
Kathy Sherrell
Heidemarie Rose
Chris Friesen
cf Presenting the views of refugee mothers in Canada or Germany, this workshop highlights the strain on parental agency that emerges during the migration and is further exasperated during the settlement process. Particular focus is on the impact of the International Home Instruction of Parents of Preschool Youngsters program, aiming to remediating parental child bonds critical to the healthy development of children.

Putting family first: implications for migration and integration policy and practice Harald Bauder
Mehru Ali
Ümit Kiziltan
Marie McAuliffe
John Shields
cf Explores the settlement and integration of migrants taking a ground-up perspective, with special focus given to the role of the family for integration, including themes such children and youth, gender, work and community.
Child and family support services for supporting integration of newcomer family members in western Canada Fariborz Birjandian
Joseph Garcea
Jan Stewart
Anita Ogurlu
cf This roundtable discussion involves the participation of NGOs and academics, who examine the current best practices for child and family support for newcomer families in Western Canada, with an eye to the successes and remaining challenges of the existing model.
The promise of migration and the promise of violence: the Somali youth experience Natasha Saunders
Liban Abokor
Siham Rayale
cf Good health among immigrants and their lower reliance on the healthcare system in Canada is well-documented, however it is not experienced universally, with Somali youth disproportionately affected by violence. This session will present data on violent injuries in immigrant youth with a focus on documenting the scope of violence in Somali immigrants in Ontario, Canada.
Learning from Canada’s Syrian Refugee Resettlement Initiative (2015-2016): A dialogue among researchers, policymakers, service providers and funders. "Luisa Veronis
Leah Hamilton
Jock Collins
Margaret Walton-Roberts
Kathy Sherrell
Ümit Kiziltan
Ursula Gobel"
bp Examine Canada’s resettlement of Syrian Refugees from 2015-2016, including its successes and challenges, as well as the experience of the refugees themselves and other relevant actors.
Ottawa’s collaborative governance model for community-wide support of the settlement & integration of immigrants in Ottawa Clara Freire
Hindia Mohamoud
Stéphane Giguère
Sandra Saric
Caroline Andrew
Rasha Ammati
bp This panel session will examine Ottawa’s collaborative governance model for building capacity to attract, settling and integrating immigrants. The focus will be on the institutional framework, structures, relationships, processes and capacities that facilitate leadership, spearhead collaborative planning and action, and promote innovation.
International approaches in linguistic integration: comparing Canada, Germany and Australia Yves Saint-Germain
Jens Behning
bp Compare and contrast the Canadian model underpinning language programming with programs in place in other immigrant-receiving countries. The workshop concludes by highlighting best practices and ways in which similar immigrant-receiving countries can learn from each other.
The question of refugee integration in transit and destination countries Jan Rath
Sedef Turper Alışık
Ahmet İçduygu
Saime Ozcurumez
Julinda Abdi
Lloy Wylie
bp The collection of papers in the proposed panel focus on future settlement trajectories of refugee populations, accommodation, mental health and wellness needs of refugees together with host populations’ attitudes towards refugees and integration policies to facilitate a well-rounded discussion on the question of refugee integration in transit and destination countries
Welcoming the stranger: The 2018 multi-sectoral approach to Canadian Blended Visa Officer Referral (BVOR) community refugee resettlement in Canada Emilie Coyle
Ed Shapiro
Don Smith
bp This workshop asks key actors to reflect on a) the success of multi-sectoral partnerships in the response to BVOR 2018; and b) what success for BVOR sponsorship policy and practice could look like in the future, both in Canada and globally.
Global prospects for private and community sponsorship in refugee resettlement Susan Fratzke
Michaela Hynie
Jennifer Hyndman
Chris Gregory
Beesan Sarrou
Marie Kraus
bp Examine the policies, practices, and prospects of private (sometimes called 'community') sponsorship as a fairly unique form of refugee resettlement. Canada was the first to adopt a citizen-driven model of private sponsorship 40 years ago.
Improving skill utilization among immigrants: determinants and policy practices Yao Lu
Feng Hous
Rupa Banerjee
Tingting Zhang
Beka Tavartkiladze
Cindy Si Yeon
bp Discuss potential factors affecting immigrant skill utilization with a focus on immigrant selection and labour supply and demand, followed by an in-depth case study of policy remedies
Information, opportunities, connections: supporting newcomer entrepreneurship Fariborz Birjandian
Corinne Prince
Jaime Baquero
Wei Chen
Nick Manuel
Astrid Perry
bp Explore policies, best practices, and strategies that have the potential to empower prospective newcomers to successfully launch their businesses and make meaningful contributions to the economy.
Navitas English and the Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP) – innovative approaches to meeting the settlement needs of migrants and refugees Farzana Farzana
Genevieve Lewis
bp This presentation will showcase successful Navitas projects with particular emphasis on youth classes, an innovative English for Swimming Program using virtual reality, and a Project Based Learning focusing on course where clients develop their personal online profile for employment and further education
Settlement outcomes of newly-arrived Syrian and Iraqi refugee families in Australia, Canada and New Zealand Jock Collins
Carol Reid
Paul Spoonley
Umit Kiziltan
bp This research pertaints to settlement experiences and outcomes for refugees from Syria and Iraq in Canada, Australia and New Zealand.
Integration prolonged? a resilience lens to newcomer settlement challenges Henry Akanko
Lily Xia
Luisa Veronis
Brian Ray
Anyck Dauphin
Jen Ridgley
Nancy Mandell
Noor Din
Frédéric Déjean
Patricia Ehrkamp
bp Drawing on presentations from academics, community and policy representatives, settlement strategies will be explored by examining specific challenges (social, economic, cultural) facing different groups of newcomers in varied urban contexts within their first ten years in Canada and beyond.
Pathways to employment - the latest policy approaches for migrant professionals in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Sweden and Germany Lesleyanne Hawthorne
Corinne Prince
Anne-Marie Masgoret
Uta Saumwebermeyer
Ida Holmgren
bp Case studies showcasing different approaches to finding employment for migrants
Models of welcoming communities Carla Calado
Paul Spoonley
Keisha Lance Bottoms
Sarah Janali
bp Present international approaches, taken by various levels of government, to mobilize stakeholders at the community-level, with the objective to increase the reception, integration and retention of newcomers.
Longitudinal data for official immigration statistics Scott McLeish
Anne-Marie Rollin
Nicky Rogers
Louisa Blackwell
Tristan Cayn
bp Highlight various challenges with producing longitudinal data to study immigration and will cover various methods being employed to address those challenges. Different data sources produced by national statistical offices will be described and examples of resulting analysis will be provided.
CLB/NCLC and the CEFR: implications for language instruction in Canada and globally Anne Senior
Marianne Kayed
Enrica Picardo
Brian North
Yves Saint-Germain
Alexander Braddell
bp In this panel discussion, findings will be presented followed by a discussion on the implications for language instruction for newcomers in Canada and globally between Yves Saint-Germain, Government of Canada, Marianne Kayed, Ottawa Catholic School Board, and Alexander Braddell, Council of Europe
City and Immigration: A Practical Guide to Success Yvan Suaza
Eddy Verbeeck
Marylou Lafrenière
bp The local table on immigration of Trois-Rivières brings together virtually all of the city's social, economic, community and political stakeholders since 2014. Its role: to ensure that newcomers to the city can benefit from maximum support in their integration.
Collaborative practices build better solutions: leadership models in the settlement Sector Alka Kumar
Aamna Ashraf
Agnes Santhosh Thomas
Nafiseh Haghshenas
bp Using interactive, conversational, and collaborative strategies, it aims to create a safe space for multi-stakeholder dialogue that explores the role of partnerships for optimising settlement sector goals in Canada, and better understand if collaboration works as an effective model for positive leadership outcomes in the sector.
Business needs talent-newcomers need jobs-NCP 10 year success through committed partnerships Robyn Webb
Jennifer Watts
Vivi Hui Zhang
En Su Lee
Betina Sxkudlarek
bp This workshop demonstrates the value of long-term partnerships in creating successful retention programs for newcomers, by exploring the National Connector Program, which was founded by the Halifax Partnership in 2009 and, since then, has extended to global outreach, by collaborating with the Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia and other stakeholders. It is a proven, award-winning networking program that matches qualified talent with business leaders who will help program clients build their professional networks within their new community.
Public legal services for people with precarious migration status; a systems thinking approach Angela Contreras
Alecsandra Grijak Marissa Berri-Mendez
Amy Capisullai
bp This interdisciplinary workshop engages audiences in a constructive critique of the public legal services by immigrant support service organizations and by community-based legal services for vulnerable temporary foreign workers in Canada, as they relate to poverty reduction and prevention of complex legal issues in cases involving the legal rights of people with precarious migration and employment status.
Operation Syrian Refugee Memory Project: Getting the Syrian Refugees to Canada and Post-Arrival of Syrian Refugees in Canada Lorna Jantzen bp Focuses on the Canadian Operation Syrian Refugee which aimed resettle the Syrian Refugees in Canada and the exceptional effort required to operationalize it. It will examine what happened on the ground in Canada that made it possible for Operation Syrian Refugees to be a success.
Labour Market Integration: What Do Canada and Germany Have in Common? Matt de Vlieger
Martin Geiger
Michael van der Cammen
Jürgen Schröder
Regina Konle-Seidl
Howard Duncan
bp The Integration through Qualification (IQ) Network, Germany, and International Metropolis, as part of the German-Canadian partnership for the 2020 International Metropolis Conference, are organizing this event. It is a 2h symposium facilitating exchange of policy expertise on attracting and retaining skilled immigrants in Canada and Germany, given the former's experience with the points system and Express Entry and the latter's upcoming skilled labour immigration law.
IDEA (International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance)
Political participation of refugees – loopholes and opportunities.
Nicole Goodman
Armend Bekaj
Tarig Adan
Peter Wolf
bp By building on a comparative study that resulted in the publication of a report and eight accompanying case studies, this presentation explores the challenges and opportunities related to the political participation of refugees in their host and origin countries. It examines cases of Afghanistan, DRC, Somalia, South Sudan and Syria as origin countries, and Germany, Kenya, Lebanon, South Africa, Sweden, Turkey, Uganda and the United Kingdom as host countries.
GRSI (Global Refugees Sponsorship Initiative):
Community refugee sponsorship goes global
Jennifer Bond
Gregory Maniatis
Chris Gregory
Brenda Crane
bp Community-driven refugee sponsorship is gaining momentum worldwide. More and more countries – the UK, Argentina, New Zealand, Ireland, Germany, Spain – are following Canada’s example and setting up their own community sponsorship programs (CSPs). Based on a unique alliance between government and civil society stakeholders, CSPs seek to boost international resettlement capacity, while helping to revitalize communities and change the discourse on refugees.
This workshop is designed for people who wish to learn more about this dynamic cross-sectoral approach to welcoming refugees.
IGC (Intergovernmental Consultations on migration, asylum and refugees) Alexandra Young bp The IGC is an informal, non-decision making forum for intergovernmental information exchange and policy debate on issues of relevance to the management of international migratory flows. The IGC brings together 17 Participating States, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the International Organization for Migration and the European Union.
Examining the international response to the mass displacement of Venezuelan throughout Latin America Matt DeCourcey
Irwin Cotler
Marta Blackwell
Ben Roswell
Michael Levitt
Orlando Viera Blanco
bp This workshop aims to take stock of international humanitarian efforts as well as discuss the ongoing challenges faced by host countries, particularly in South America. Special emphasis will be placed on crisis mitigation strategies and frameworks used in neighboring states such as Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru as they continue to receive the highest number of migrants. Considering the scale and complexity of this ongoing migratory event, hearing from subject matter experts in imperative. The panel aims to be comprised of a diverse mix of civil society, human rights, legal, economic and diplomatic experts who will stimulate frank and robust discussion through an engaging and informative roundtable dialogue.
Migration and Integration Management. Recent Responses to 'Crisis' Situations in Europe and N America Marie Jelinkova & Magda Faltova
Albert Persaud
Marta Pachocka
Patrycja Matusz-Protasiewicz
Vladmir Aleman Delfs
Basil Swedani
Yusuf Bulbulia
Claire E. Altman
Sergio Chávez
Jill Hanley
Damaris Rose
Jean-Pierre Taschereau
bp This workshop explores how states in Europe and N America have responded to migration situations that have often been qualified as 'crises', including policies, legislation, and integration approaches.
Dynamics in S-S Migration and Integration: Policy and Practice. Koua Oba Jovial
Jolin Joseph
Carlo Handy Charles
Alejandro García Juárez
Kelechi Johnmary Ani
Adedamola Adejobi
Solomon Fessehaye Woldeyohannes
bp S-S migration is an integral part of international migration, albeit with different dynamics, concerns, and goals than mobility and migration in the 'Global North'. This workshop maps out some of such dynamics, with selected case studies that cast light on migrant motivations, routes, policy, and integration state of affairs in Africa, S Asia, Middle East, and Latin America.
Lived Experiences: Economic Insecurity & Unwanted Patterns in Labour Market Integration in Canada Joseph Mburu
Krystal Lowney
Bosu Seo
Alka Kumar
Nahid Sultana
David W. Rothwell
bp This workshop discusses the findings of research on labour market integration in Canada of racialized immigrants and refugees, as well as the state of economic insecurity among newcomers, to identify systemic patterns of discrimination and policy implications.
The Problem of Credentials for Skilled Immigrants in Canada. What Can Be Done? Karun Karki
Queenie Choo
Onyi Okoronkwo
Nafiz Zaman Shuva
Paulette Rothbauer
Yao Chen
bp This session problematizes the issue of foreign education and work credentials in the Canadian immigration system, discussing aspects related to devaluation through transfer and impact on the labour market integration and on the Canadian economy.
Remittances & Development: Evidence in a Contested Nexus Fida Hussain
Dawit Haileyesus Deneget
Ubaid Ali
Mazhar Mugha
Jamal Bouoiyour
Oussama Zennati
bp Critically examines the nexus between remittances and development, offering case studies for discussion that cast light on whether there is any causal link and to what extent policies and discourses in the field of development through remittances are supported by evidence.
State & Non-state Actors in Attracting & Retaining Newcomers Outside the Big Cities and in Non-Traditional Immigrant Regions Narumi Taniguchi
Jan Stewart
Sergii Obraztsov
Nataliia Obraztsova
Stephanie Pietrantonio
Tony Fang
Eddy Rempel
bp Explores policy and practice that aim at attracting and retaining immigrants and refugees in small and medium-sized cities located in areas that are not traditionally known as arrival destinations.
International Students in Focus --- Cross-national Perspectives on Their Role in Migration & Integration Binny Joseph
Kei Shiho
Judith Patouma
Everton Ellis
Wei Li
bp Often relegated as 'talent' in international migration, international students represent a population segment over which there is increasing competition, in view of both their contribution to education institutions and national economies, and their potential to become highly-skilled permanent immigrants in destination countries. This workshop discusses their mobility and implications at national and international scales.
Mapping Out State and Non-state Actors in Refugee Protection, Mobility and Integration Kiran Banerjee
Selman Salim Kesgin
Carlo Handy Charles
Vic Satzewich
bp States have lately proven to be unwilling, or rather selective, actors in facilitating the mobility, integration, and protection of immigrants and refugees. This workshop maps out case studies where multiple stakeholders, including employers and corporate/private sectors, partnered to address critical issues in the management of migration and integration.
Insights into the Mobility among (Highly-skilled) Immigrants in Europe, Australia and Canada Chao Shi
Camilla Spadavecchia
Jie Yu
Ather H. Akbari
Spyridon Spyratos, Michele Vespe
Fabrizio Natale
bp Participants in this workshop have the opportunity to discuss the mobility patterns of immigrants in Europe, Canada, and Australia, including policy implications at the national and regional level.
Just' Temporary Foreign Workers? Strategies, Interests, Rights and Outcomes Mylène Coderre
Kerri Claire Neil
Sally Zhao
Andrea Bobadilla
Jingmin Yang
bp This session takes up the issue of established agriciultural and domestic foreign workers programs in Canada and two pilot projects to recruit foreign workers in China. It discusses the connections between the migration industry in this field, the rights and outcomes for the workerks themselves, alternative practices that may reduce the dependence on this workforce segment, and the impact on the local and national management of labour market needs.
Databases in Assessing Migration and Integration Han Nicolaas
Silje Vatne Pettersen
Michele Vespe
Marzia Rango
Marie Jelinkova
Minja Tea Dzamarija
bp This workshop presents innovative ways in which different big data can support migration and integration policy and practice, and the challenges that come with engaging with migration and integration data.
Digital Technology in Immigrant & Refugee Lives: Challenges & opportunities Malaga-Georges Liboy
Sohail Shahidnia
Audrey Macklin
Igor Shichkin
Ping Zou
bp Technology can both enhance and detract from the lives of immigrants and refugees in their migration journeys, from the country of origin to the destination. This workshop explores such challenges and opportunities, as they relate to influencing migration policy, education practices, labour market success, and health management.
Public Confidence in Migration --- Who's to Blame and What to Do? Keith Neuman
Hayoung Cho
Jiyoon Kim
Neeraj Kaushal
Haytham Qosa
Jenny Gulamani Abdulla
bp Recent waves of populism, economic insecurity, and stress on public services have emboldened discourses, policy, and practice that weaken public confidence in the benefits of migration and in the capacity of governments to govern it to support well-being for all, whether in well-established immigration countries like Canada and US, or in other parts of the world like SOuth Korea and Ban gladesh. This workshop analyzes such trends in specific contexts, identifying ways in which public sentiment can be addressed positively and the role different stakeholders play in thsi endeavour.
Return Migration in Question: (In)voluntary Processes & Policy Implications Lyubov Zhyznomirska
Kaltrina Kusari
Konstantin Manyakin
Jeewon Min
Daniela Ghio
bp This workshop critically discusses case studies and strategies of return migration, the connection to citizenship, and the impact voluntary and forced practices have on policy and on immigrants and refuegees themselves and their intention to re-migrate.
Case Studies in Diaspora & Transnationalism and Return Migration Min-Jung Kwak
Yawen Cheng
Yang Li
Katarzyna Skorek
Phoebe H. Li
Nisa Hafeez
bp Although diasporas and transnationalism are topics high on the international development agenda, they remain underexplored. There is a need to understand diasporas' stories and cases in order to proceed with policy and programs that can leverage their multiplpe identities, (re-)integration patterns, and mobility. This workshop contributes to a better understanding of such dynamics.
Migrant Smuggling & Trafficking in Persons --- Legislation, Policy, Practice Dohee Jeong
May Ikeora
Jiro Ejobe
Ruta Nimkar
Emily Savage
Yasmeen Emadi
bp Migrant smuggling and trafficking in persons are often conflated in discourse, in particular in the context of irregular migration and increased attention to counter-terrorism. This workshop explores tensions, challenges, and data related to smuggling and trafficking in Asia, Africa, and N America, and supports understanding of how they work, and in particular their economic and social dimensions. The aim is to identify more effective policy and practice.
Trauma, Resilience & Mental Health in Immigrant & Refugee Populations in Canada Jude Mary Cénat
Azadeh Naimi
François Vigneau
Áine Humble
Aamna Ashraf
bp This workshop discusses the state of affairs related to how trauma and mental health of immigrant and refugee populations in Canada inform settlement and integration practices, the gaps in services, but also stories of resilience and success in this field.
Gender & Socio-demographic Health Intersections Nasim Khatibsemnani
Maryam Alghamdi
Bonnie Lee
Marcelo L. Urquia
Ping Zou
bp This workshop addresses the issue of key health inequalities, indicators, and experiences among immigrants and refugees, and how services can account for the intersection of different identity markers and contexts.
Social Determinants & Systemic Contexts for Immigrant and Refugee Healthcare in Canada Kwame McKenzie
Neeru Gupta
Daniela Ghio
Massimiliano Bratti
Valentina Antonipillai
bp This session focuses on the healthcare system in Canada and analyses critical policy and practice aspects of access to and equity of healthcare by and for immigrant and refugee populations, within the context of specific needs.
Assessing Immigrant & Refugee Health: Needs and Outcomes Parveen Nangia
Edward Ng
Vicky Springmann
Shenaz A.H. Shahban
Farhana Khanam
Arthur Sweetman
Andrew Tuck
bp This workshop explores practices to assess immigrants' and refugees' health, often in comparison with their non-immigrant counterparts, and discusses outcomes and ways in which their health can be mapped out by taking into account their needs..
National Security & Detention in US and Canada: Discourse, Policy and Practice. Sharyne Williams
Jennifer Lopes
Kanwal Khokhar
Philippe Bourbeau
Catherine Martin
bp This session critically examines securitization discourses, policy, and practice in Canada and in the US, which disproportionately affects immigrants and refugees, including detention, the language of resilience and queue-jumping, and border control.,
Language in the Workplace. Approaches to Linguistic Skills Formation and Employability in Canada and Australia Nicholas Jackson
Yulia Desyatova
Lillie Lum
Yiran Zhang
Peggy Lau
bp Language is critical in labour market integration. This workshop engages with different approaches to and practices for linguistic skills formation for the labour market.
Refugee & Immigrant Rights: From Humanitarian Action to Mobility to Workplace. Özgün Topak
Solange Maslowski
Stephanie Premji
bp This session focuses on immigrant and refugee rights across a spectrum of domains, from humanitarian action in the Mediteranean to how poverty has an impact on the management of free mobility among EU citizens, to accommodation at the workplace in Canada.
Cross-national Perspectives on Refugees' Economic Integration. Strategies, Policy, Practice Craig Damian Smith
Solomon Fessehaye Woldeyohannes
Jannes Jacobsen
Isabella Stingl
Mohammad Chowdhury
bp This workwhop offers the opportunity to cast a comparative perspective on strategies for refugee economic integration, discussing relevant policy and best practice in this field.
Issues in Integration through Multiculturalism: National & Local Levels Shamsul A.B.
Jeny Mathews-Thusoo
Clovis Mwamba
Lutumba Milau
Joshua Williams
bp Multiculturalism has taken a back seat among many countries that had once championed it. What are some of the challenges it poses as an integration approach in countries with diverse populations like Canada, Australia, and Malaysia?
How to Engage with Super-diversity. Lessons from around the World Kartini Aboo Talib
Viktoriya Kim
Nellie Alcaraz
Li Qing
bp Super-diversity' can be a useful concept when tackling the ever-increasing diversity of populations in national and local contexts, from gender and other identity markers to migrant status, visas, occupational profile etc. This workshop offers insights into case studies where such super-diversity is engaged with at different scales.
Citizenship, an Indicator of Inclusion? Experiences in Canada and Australia Wladimir Zanoni
Ailin He
Madeleine Morey
Brian Aboud
bp Citizenship is held as a sign of political and civic integration in immigrant-receiving countries. What do migrants' and refugees' experiences in Canada and Australia say about citizenship as a marker of inclusion?
Arts-based Representations & Agency: Recording History and Memory in Canada & Australia Yasmin Hussain
Mehrunnisa Ahmad Ali
Gina Jibran
Mohamed Kharbach
Susan Brigham
Yanery Navarro Vigil
Paul McCarthy
Kim Tao
bp Arts and heritage are a medium for expressing identity and history, and for facilitating a sense of inclusion, well-being, and representation in the natioanal stories. This workshop explores arts-based integration practices and the role museums can play as memory venues in national migration narratives.
Education: The Roadmap to Integration for Immigrant & Refugee Youth? Louis Volante
Marie-Carène Pierre Rene
Douglas Fleming
Valerie Schutte
Ruth Kane
Chavon A. Niles
Edward Shizha
bp This workshop critically analyzes education systems in Canada and elsewhere in the world, as they relate to immigrant and refugee youth integration. Their experiences are discussed, offering insight into the gaps of education services and the impact on their well-being both in schools and outside of the education institutions.
The Forcibly Displaced in War, Conflict, Poverty. Case Studies for the International Community Reflection Ghaida Hamdan
Tyler Goudal
Delphine Nakache
Midori Kaga
Christiano d'Orsi
Fida Hussain
bp This workshop considers case studies that serve as lessons learnt for policy-makers and practitioners concerned with protecting the forcibly displaced in contexts of conflict and war in different parts of the world. It also deals with how poverty and discrimination can lead to forced displacement and require refugee protection.
Diversity in Education. Paying Attention to Both Students & Professionals Darren E. Lund
Yamina Bouchamma
Boulaamane Khaoula
Zandra Cerpa Gomez
bp Increasing diversity in schools requires attention to how both students and professionals experience the education institution. This workshop explores initiatives and programs that brought different stakeholders together in support of the needs of student youth, their families, and their teachers and school administrators.
Housing Immigrant & Refugee Populations in Toronto & Montreal. Beyond the Concept of Sanctuary City Chloé Reiser
Olwen Bennett
Jacqueline Rivier
bp This workshop analyses immigrant and refugee housing in Toronto and Montreal, critically mapping out concerns, needs, systemic contexts, and ways forward to address needs and homelessness.
Encounters with Host Societies. Identity Reconstruction, Representation, Understanding Aliya Kuzhabekova
Luciara Nardon
Ed Thomas
Farhat Firdous
Syeda Aliza Sajjad
Rakibul Hasan
bp (Im)migration and displacement are profoundly transformative processes, requiring immigrants and refugees to rethink their identities in new social, political, economic and cultural contexts. This workshop explores how immigrants and refugees navigate such processes.
Social Inclusion & Participation: Community Action and Self-Agency Catherine L. Costigan
Amada Francisca Aldama
Jonathan S. Lofft
Bharati Sethi
Sepali Guruge
Peggy Lau
bp This workshop discusses the role of social inclusion in immigrants' and refugees' integration and explores best practices and programs that involve community in supporting in this goal.
Gender Roles & the Integration Continuum: Implications for Practice & Policy Amina Chitembo
Sherin Hussein
aomi Levitz
Wayne Ambrose-Miller
Fariba Solati
Jennifer E. Cheng
bp This session explores intersections of changing contexts for newcomers in relation to gender roles, rights, responsibilities and cross-cultural and labour market integration.
What Counts or What Should Count? Integration Trajectories for Immigrant & Refugee Women across the World Catherine Schmidt
Rupaleem Bhuyan
Sholeh Sharifi
Tanja Tauro
Hari KC
Yuriko Saito
bp This workshop explores settlement outcomes of immigrant and refugee women in Canada and in other parts of the world, with the aim to identify patterns that can support policymakers and practitioners in their task to address specific needs.
Babies, Borders and Migration: When, Where and for Whom to Give Birth Naomi Tschirhart
Milana Nikolko
Min Zhou
Wei Guo
bp This session discusses how different migration and conflict contexts, such as those in Ukraine, Thailand, and China, inform women's decision-making over giving birth. The goal is to map out motivations that can support policy and integration measures at different governance levels.
A Critical Look at Immigrant Services & Agencies in Canada Basak Yanar
Jingzhou Liu
Choon-Lee Chai
Marcelline Bengali
bp This workshop puts under the lens of analysis the immigrant services and agencies in Canada, critically examining to what extent they respond to 'real' needs, the challenges in place, and efficient solutions for ways forward.
Youth Identity and Intersectionality --- A Critical Issue in Integration Ann H. Kim
Nazilla Khanlou
Anita Ogurlu
Pavna K. Sodhi
Sean Chung
bp Immigrant and refugee youth are confronted with specific challenges in their integration journeys, which relate to the unique combination of their identities and how systems in place in the destination country can address such challenges. This workshop discusses both such challenges and programs that maximize their benefits for the newcomer youth community.
What Comes with Multiculturalism. Critical Accounts on Culture & Social Cohesion Michelle Kim
Shaina Somers
Ahmad bin Hassim
Ummi Mohamad Zan
Sara Calvert
bp This workshop discusses how challenges related to cultural accommodation and social cohesion in multicultural societies are engaged with at local and national levels.
Best Settlement Practices to Facilitate Positive Labour Outcomes: Pre-arrival Services & Engaging Employers Edwin Wong
Ruth Lee
Carmen Garcia
bp This session explores the importance of pre-arrival services and programs that liaise with employers have in leading to positive labour market outcomes for newcomers. Specific examples from Canada and Australia are discussed.
Syrian Refugee Settlement: What to Repeat and What Not to Mehrunnisa Ahmad Ali
Beesan Sarrou
Maria Kraus
Alessandra Santopadre
Corinna Buhay
Angelique van Dam
bp This workshop discusses aspects related to policy and practice in the settlement of Syrian refugees, focusing on lessons learnt and challenges ahead.
Migration & Integration Journeys to and in North America. Pull & Push Factors, Policy and Economic Context Abdie Kazemipur
Jude Mary Cénat
Adeniyi Temowo
Sandeep Agrawal
bp This session brings together case studies of prominent immigration to North America, such as from Iran and Haiti, and analyses different facilitators or detractors in the mobility and integration process of these and other immigrant populations, including immigration consultants and economic booms and bust times.
Migration Dynamics in Sub-Saharan Africa (higly likely to be cancelled) Akintunde Rachel Damilola
Benjamin Bob
Bingainkiya Nantob
N’Dia Anon Felix
Konyui Sonita Yewoufeh
Djamilou Ouro-Agoro
Amponsah Kesewaah Patience
bp This workshop examines migration dynamics in Sub-Saharan Africa, mapping out routes, motivations, reception practices, and implications for migration management in the region and internationally.

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