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June 2nd, 2014

CoM2014_for_email-175x88We look forward to seeing you in Berlin for the 2nd international Cities of Migration Conference between June 4 and 6, 2014.

The three-day conference will bring together international city and community leaders, experts, practitioners, advocates and policy-makers for a dynamic exchange of ideas on one of the most important global challenges facing cities today: the integration and inclusion of urban newcomers.

Highlights include:

  • Opening event at the Embassy of Canada, including a performance by Toronto artists Asha and Ravi Jain of A Brimful of Asha, their true (and very Canadian) story of generational and cultural clash.
  • A mayors’ panel on re-imagining the city and how to create a foundation for future prosperity for all residents.
  • A formal debate between two prolific thinkers on the question of racism in professional football (soccer) and its larger impact on society.
  • A hard look by a world-renowned expert at implicit bias and the roots of discrimination, especially “blind spots,” that unconsciously informs our behaviour.
  • A marketplace of curated good ideas to showcase promising city-level integration practices.
  • Urban labs on important issues in city-building and migration: employment, youth, leadership and culture.

The conference is presented by Maytree with the Heinrich Boell Foundation, the Bertelsmann Foundation and the Embassy of Canada in Berlin; and the generous support and participation of Barrow Cadbury Trust, Open Society Foundations, Tindall Foundation, Stiftung Mercator, Robert Bosch Stiftung, the World Bank and others.

For full program, visit the conference site.


And if you are not able to be at the conference, the Mayors Panel on Re-Imagining the City and the Big Debate on whether soccer is a Beautiful Game or Racist Quagmire will be live-streamed.

Select plenary sessions may also be live-streamed. If you are interested in viewing, please email Markus Stadelmann-Elder at mselder@maytree.com.

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