Facilitating migrants' participation in society

Date: 3 May 2007

Objective:

Migrants’ important contributions to the countries and communities in which they live tend to be understated and often overshadowed by concerns over security and preserving a cohesive sense of national identity.

This seminar will focus on migrants' participation in host countries. It will look at the institutions and organizations that facilitate the political, socio-economic, cultural and religious engagement of migrants, especially of migrant youth and women in communities and the society at large.

In view of the recent report and recommendations of the Alliance of Civilizations’ High Level Group pertaining to migration, this seminar will discuss next steps towards implementation. It will examine the establishment of institutional structures for a regular and ongoing dialogue among government officials, migrant communities and other civil society actors in host countries, and also look at the outreach activities of countries of origin.

Related Documents:

Information note (pdf) on the seminar organization and objectives

Programme (pdf) of the seminar

Summary report (pdf) on the seminar discussions and outcomes

Migrant Integration from an International Perspective
Mr. William Barriga, Head, Facilitated Migration Division, IOM

Settlement, Labour Market and Business Integration
Ms. Ansar Cheung, Director, Settlement Programme, S.U.C.C.E.S.S.

Global Agendas and Regional Frameworks for the Recognition of Qualifications and Quality Assurance across borders
Stamenka Uvalic-Trumbic, Division of Higher Education, UNESCO

Alliance of Civilizations: Research Paper on Migration
by Leila Ezzarqui, Senior Research Officer, Alliance of Civilizations Secretariat, UN, New York

Migration and Religion in a Globalized World
Conference held on 5-6 December 2005 in Rabat, Morocco. Final Report, IOM, 2006 (in French and English)

Muslims in Europe: Integration Policies in Selected Countries
Congressional Research Service, Report for Congress, November 2005

De l’intégration des immigrés: le discours et la méthode
by Ali Jaouani, Global Migration Perspectives No. 56, December 2005

Rights, Identity and Claims-Making
by Dr. Yasemin Soysal, University of Essex, paper presented at a conference 'Justice Across Cultures' at Brandeis University on 8 March 2004

Citizenship policies: international, state, migrant and democratic perspectives
by Rainer Bauböck, Global Migration Perspectives No. 19, January 2005

Immigration and citizenship
Articles by Dr. Irene Bloemraad, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Sociology, University of California, Berkeley

Migrants, labour markets and integration in Europe: a comparative analysis
by Rainer Münz, Global Migration Perspectives No. 16, October 2004

Fulfilling the Promise: Integrating Immigrant Skills into the Canadian Economy
Naomi Alboim and The Maytree Foundation, April 2002

The Contribution of the Voluntary Sector to Migrant Integration in Europe
Sarah Cooke and Sarah Spencer, Eurobriefing, Brussels, 20 March 2006

Ghanaian migrants' double engagement: a transnational view of development and integration policies
by Valentina Mazzucato, Global Migration Perspectives No. 48, October 2005

Migrants and Local Authorities for the Euro-Mediterranean Transnational Integration
Flavia Piperno and Andrea Stocchiero, Center for the Study of International Politics (CeSPI), 2006

The 2006 Migrant Integration Policy Index (power point presentation)

Foreign Credential Recognition
Canadian Issues, Spring 2007 volume

Related Links:

Alliance of Civilizations

European Commission on integration policy

UNESCO: Recognition of Qualifications of Migrants

Migration Policy Institute: National Center on Immigrant Integration Policy

Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees

European Council on Refugees and Exiles: Integration Policy Briefings