2017 International Metropolis Conference, The Hague, Workshop: How Inclusive is My City of Migration?

September 21, 2017

Become an agent of inclusion in your city. This workshop explores the complex and interconnected factors that contribute to open, inclusive cities in an era of global migration. Participants will learn about the My City of Migration Diagnostic, a new online tool that helps users assess the quality of inclusion in their daily lives: at work, at school, on election day, in health and as a new arrival.  International experts will provide insight and analysis on building inclusive cities, what works, what doesn’t, and the cost of exclusion. Presentations will include examples of good practice, and policy recommendations. By investigating the “inclusion factors” across the urban landscape, workshop participants will gain understanding of the conditions that can enhance, or inhibit, immigrant success. Workshop participants are highly encouraged to take the My City of Migration Diagnostic online before they participate in this workshop.

Moderator: Kim Turner, Cities of Migration, Ryerson University (Toronto)

  • Daniel Di Torres, Founder, Anti-Rumours Global Project (Barcelona, Spain)
  • Ayse Özbabacan, Policy Officer, Dept.for Integration Policy, City of Stuttgart (Stuttgart, Germany)
  • Akram Salhab, Advocacy and Campaigns Officer, Migrants Organise, (London, UK)
  • Rob Berkeley, BBC Project Lead, Audience Accountability (London, UK)

For more information, visit the 2017 International Metropolis Conference, The Hague. 

Speaker BIOs

Dani Di Torres, Founder, Anti-Rumours Global Project and Advisor, Intercultural Cities Programme, Council of Europe (Barcelona, Spain)
Dani de Torres is an expert on intercultural policies and advisor of the Intercultural Cities Programme of the Council of Europe. He also advises other international organizations and several cities. He is Director of the Spanish Network of Intercultural Cities and leads the “Antirumours Global” project. He is also co-founder of Imacity, an organization on cities global development focusing on diversity issues, entrepreneurship and innovation.
Formerly, Dani has been policy adviser at Barcelona Mayor’s Cabinet, and from 2007 to 2011 was Commissioner for Immigration and Intercultural Dialogue at Barcelona municipality. During that period he led the definition process of the Barcelona Intercultural Plan, the city global strategy for managing diversity and also promoted some innovative policies like the Anti Rumour Strategy.

Ayse Özbabacan, Policy Officer with the Department for Integration Policy, City of Stuttgart (Stuttgart, Germany)
Ayse Özbabacan  is  responsible  for the implementation  of  the  integration policy concept the “Stuttgart Pact for Integration”   with  a focus  on  intercultural  opening  of  the  city administration,  on migration and women, migration and health and persons with special needs and refugee resettlement.
She is also  coordinates the German city network on local integration policies working with 30 German cities. From 2006 to 2012 she was  in  charge  of the project coordination of the European Cities Network for  Local  Integration  Policies  for  Migrants,  a network to promote the exchange  of  innovative best-practices on local integration policies among 35 European cities. Ms.  Özbabacan  a Fellow of  the  Transatlantic  Academy  of  The German Marshall  Fund  of  the  United  States  in  Washington  DC  studying local integration policies in selected U.S. cities,  and is an alumni fellow of the Transatlantic Forum on Migration and Integration.

Akram Salhab, Advocacy & Campaigns Officer, Migrants Organise, (London, UK)
Akram Salhab is the Advocacy and Campaigns Officer at Migrants Organise, a UK based charity working for the rights of migrants and refugees. Akram has more than seven years’ experience organising with migrants and refugees across the Middle East, Europe and more recently worked with unaccompanied refugee children in the UK and France. Whilst at Migrants Organise, he has been working with volunteer refugee welcome groups, designing a voter registration for migrant and refugee communities in the UK General Election in 2017, and highlighting and challenging the UK Government’s ‘Hostile Environment’ policies. He holds undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in politics from the University of Leeds and Balliol College, Oxford respectively.

Rob Berkeley, BBC Project Lead, Audience Accountability (London, UK)
Award-winning busybody, recovering academic and reformed social reformer, Rob currently plies his trade advising the BBC on accountability He was Director of the Runnymede Trust 2009-14, and now leads the editorial team of community journalism platform, BlackoutUK.com. Impatient with injustice and exasperated by wasted potential, he volunteers on the boards of Baring Foundation, and Britdoc Foundation, has previously served on numerous boards, he has co-produced short form documentaries, and written for The Guardian and The Independent on racial justice. No surprise,  Dr Berkeley was awarded an MBE in 2015 for services to equality.

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