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Second annual Metropolis North America migration policy forum

Expanding cooperation on migration: People, economy and security in the United States, Mexico and Canada

From September 27 2018 to September 28 2018

Mexico, Mexico

Longstanding migration flows to and through North America are changing. Shifts in patterns – both driving policy change and responding to it — require fresh thinking across borders. Around the world, proliferating crises have increased the number of refugees and asylum seekers on the move, triggering enhanced border security and vetting protocols in many countries. Within North America, a well-worn
north-bound migration pattern is complemented by an increasing southward flow to Mexico and beyond. This stream comprises both those who voluntarily migrate and those being repatriated. And within each North American country, there appear growing concerns about the capacity to receive and integrate new arrivals. Publics unevenly perceive the social and economic benefits of migration and question the government’s ability to effectively manage it. At the same time, under NAFTA, North America has seen reduced barriers to trade, investment and cross-border movement of goods and services. However, the agreement is currently under a contentious renegotiation among the three countries. While migration is not a core NAFTA issue, changes or outright cancellation of the agreement could have migration effects.

The second annual Metropolis North America policy forum builds on the foundational understanding gained at the inaugural forum in Washington, and seeks to identify areas where cooperation is occurring, possible and/or desired. Amidst the backdrop of shifting migration patterns and evolving relationships, approaches can benefit from imagination and should consider actors beyond national governments,
including subnational levels and other sectors of society. The key aim of the Mexico City forum is to explore where expanded cooperation across the continent on migration can both promote security and grow the economy in all three countries. Building on innovative approaches and ideas, organizers will seek to bolster a North American migration research agenda that can support these opportunities with insight and analysis from a continental perspective.

Find some suggested themes below :

• Labor Mobility
• Temporary Foreign Workers
• Family Migration
• Economic Migration
• International Students
• Refugees
• Credentials Recognition
• Migration, Human Rights and the Law
• Binational and Multinational Migration Agreements
• Trade and Migration
• Border Security
• Border States and Cities
• Governance of Immigration: The Role of Federal, State/ Provincial Governments
• Immigration and the Specific Role of Cities and Municipalities
• Citizenship
• Public Safety
• Settlement and Integration
• Employment Training
• Unaccompanied Minors
• Emigration, Deportation and Return Migration


Please note that you will be required to include the following information with your submission:
• Name and contact information
• Format of your session (workshop or roundtable)
• Title of your session
• Names of co-organizers (if applicable)
• Names of presenters including their affiliation, email address and titles of their presentation
• 50-word abstract which will be included in the program (please make sure it is descriptive, but is also formulated to interest as many conference participants as possible)
• 250-word summary for consideration by the Adjudication Committee

Your proposal should be emailed to Sarah Kooi ( by June 29th, 2018. All sessions must have bilateral or trilateral participation from the United States, Mexico and/or Canada.


Workshops (90 minutes):

Workshops will usually consist of four to a maximum of 5 presentations of approximately 15 minutes each followed by at least 20 minutes of discussion. Workshop coordinators will preside over the session or
designate another individual to do so.

Roundtables (90 minutes):

The roundtable format is suitable for more informal discussions of emerging issues or to unpack controversial topics. It is a very effective format for the exchange of information and experiences among a relatively small number of people. The organizer or designated person chairs the roundtable with bi/tri national discussants. An 8 person limit per roundtable discussion is recommended because of the desire to actively engage all participants in the session and the physical arrangement of the tables around which the discussions will take place.

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