National Metropolis Conference

Expanding cooperation on migration : People, labour, borders & security

September 27th - 28th 2018

Mexico city, Mexico

Second annual Metropolis North America migration policy forum
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Expanding cooperation on migration: People, economy and security in the United States, Mexico and Canada

September 27-28,2018

THE MEXICAN SECRETARIAT OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS, MEXICO CITY (Avenida Juárez #20, Col. Centro, Delegación Cuauhtémoc, C.P. 06010)


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.

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Forum Co-Chairs

  • Jack Jedwab, Metropolis Canada, Canadian Institute for Identities and Migration/Association for Canadian Studies
  • Adam Hunter, Cultural Vistas
  • Agustín Escobar Latapí, Centro de Investigaciones y Estudios Superiores en Antropología Social

Planning Committee Members

  • Victor Armony, Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM)
  • Theresa Brown, Bipartisan Policy Center
  • Wendy Cukier, Diversity Institute, Ryerson University
  • Craig Damian Smith, Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto
  • Howard Duncan, Metropolis International
  • Gallya Lahav, Stony Brook University (State University of New York)
  • Diane Lim, The Conference Board (Committee for Economic Development)
  • Claudia Masferrer León, Centro de Estudios Demográficos, Urbanos y Ambientales, El Colegio de México
  • Eva Millona, Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition
  • Carla Pederzini, Universidad Iberoamericana
  • Andrew Selee, Migration Policy Institute
  • Lori Wilkinson, Immigration Research West

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