PRESS RELEASE : METROPOLIS 17TH ANNUAL CONFERENCE: Broadening the conversation: policy and practice in immigration, settlement and diversity

Du 26 au 28 Mars 2015

Vancouver's Sheraton Wall

Broadening the conversation: policy and practice in immigration, settlement and diversity


March 26-28, Sheraton Wall Centre, Vancouver

(embargoed until Monday March 23 noon EST)


Headline: Canada a global model for diversity?

 Canada's approach to immigration and multiculturalism is the object of considerable international attention notably from countries that face growing challenges around migration and the integration of newcomers.

 Canada accepts more immigrants per capita than every other country except Australia, and public support for this approach remains high, in contrast to countries such as Germany, the U.K. and the Denmark, where there is increasing anxieties with regard to migration

The global migration challenge is amongst the issues that will be explored at the 17th annual Metropolis conference March 26-28 at Vancouver's Sheraton Wall. 

"Compared to the situation in most European countries, Canada's immigrants and their children fare relatively well on integration. This is due in part to the points-based selection process and to our public education system which promotes inclusion," said Leslie Seidle, a research director at the Institute for Research on Public Policy and a conference presenter. "These policies cannot be static, but we need to be wary of pressures to implement rules borrowed from countries that have assimilation as their goal."

 More than 700 delegates, including participants from Mexico, China, Singapore, Australia and the U.S., are expected to attend the Conference. In 2013, 258,953 immigrants and refugees arrived in Canada. The Conservative government has recently shifted the selection model to favour newcomers with jobs.

 "The Metropolis Conference provides an essential opportunity for global dialogue on issues of immigration and integration," said Jack Jedwab, conference co-chair and president of the Association for Canadian Studies (ACS). "Canada's investment in knowledge transfer has positioned us as a leader in the discussion."

 The ACS is organizing the conference, in partnership with Immigration Research West and with the support of Citizenship and Immigration Canada.

 Workshops will explore various themes including: how Canadian universities attract and retain international students; Canada's temporary foreign workers program; licensing and employment issues for immigrant professionals; the role of families and close peers in countering violent extremism; Ottawa's new Express Entry system; and a groundbreaking project to create an immigration integration index.

Read more about the conference in this special supplement in the Vancouver Sun

For the complete program, please visit

For more information, please contact Ashley Manuel at or 514-925-3096.

You can also contact Marina Jimenez at or 416 489 7707

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