Third International Cities of Migration Conference

Event Details:

Date: March 2, 2016

Time: 8:00 am - 8:00 pm

Who should attend:

Network leaders

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Mobility, movement, migration—the great flow of people and ideas to cities around the world—is unstoppable. Today’s super-diversity follows the great urbanization of the world. New cities of migration are in the global north and in the global south, and span every continent. As IOM’s William Lacy Swing says: “Cities rarely shrink to greatness. They get better by growing and to grow they must welcome migrants.”

If diversity is the new norm, does diversity drive prosperity? Can diversity bring more trade, more talent, more social innovation? We think so. The evidence linking diversity and prosperity is strong and growing, bolstered by new voices, new research strategies, and new forms of collaboration.

The 2016 Cities of Migration Conference is brought to you by the Global Diversity Exchange, Ryerson University, in collaboration with the 18th National Metropolis Conference, March 3-5, 2016.

Join local government and community leaders, practitioners, experts, activists and policy-makers for a one-day forum and in-depth analysis of the issues and opportunities created by today’s global flows of migration.

Program Highlights:

  • Open, Smart, Diverse? What Cities Need To Do. Our opening speaker and plenary panel take stock of how super-diversity challenges and sustains urban resilience and liveability.
  • New Talent, New Markets. Business leaders discuss the links between workforce diversity and market opportunity, and the impact of diversity on innovation in products, services, and processes.
  • Changing Governance in Changing Times. Civic leaders examine institutional innovation and culture shift in the boardroom — from the ballroom and ball park all the way to the bank.
  • Social Innovation in the New Economy. A leading thinker explores how diversity and social innovation drive the entrepreneurial spirit of the new economy.
  • Marketplace of Good Ideas. Our signature event takes you on a multi-city tour of successful, scalable integration strategies and social innovations for building open, inclusive cities and workplaces. Welcoming Refugees. Closing conversation on welcoming refugees into our communities and workplaces.
  • Welcoming Refugees in Cities Closing conversation on welcoming refugees into our urban communities, institutions, neighbourhoods and workplaces. – See more at: Cities of Migration: Diversity Drives Prosperity
  • Annual GDX Lecture included in your registration! Dr. Khalid Koser, Executive Director of the Global Community Engagement and Resilience Fund (GCERF) in Geneva, Switzerland. Dr. Koser is a global citizen. In his lecture he will touch on many of the pressing issues surrounding the unprecedented movement of people across the globe: refugees, internal displacement, global governance, human security, community engagement and counter-radicalization. He will provide a new lens on the question: does diversity drive prosperity?

Registration Deadline:

March 2, 2016

Contact details for the event:

Inquiries at citiesofmigration@ryerson.ca. Join us on Twitter @CitiesMigration and #COM2016 !