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Webinar: MIPEX 2015 Measuring Immigrant Rights and Opportunities
June 16, 2015
Canada, alongside the United States, Europe, Australia and New Zealand, is competing in the race for global talent. How can we evaluate what our governments are doing to promote immigrant integration, both at home and internationally? Enter the Migrant Integration Policy Index (MIPEX): 38 countries, 144 policy indicators, 8 years of research, and your very own scorecard. MIPEX 2015 informs and engages key policy actors, experts and practitioners about how and where immigration and integration policies at the national level come together to accelerate the path to inclusion or where they fail to meet that bar for success.
MIPEX is an easy to use online tool that aims to improve integration governance and policy effectiveness across 8 policy areas: Labour Market Mobility, Family Reunion, Education, Political Participation, Permanent Residence, Access to Nationality, Anti-discrimination and Health. Because, migration is global, MIPEX also provides international comparative rankings and analysis.
Which country comes to the top? Which country is falling behind? Canada performs well with some of the strongest policies in place, but will it remain a leader as more countries compete to attract and retain immigrants? What is the impact of Canada’s changing policies around citizenship?
Thomas Huddleston, Programme Director on Migration and Integration, Migration Policy Group
Thomas Huddleston is Programme Director on Migration and Integration at the Migration Policy Group, a 20-year-old Brussels-based think-tank. At MPG, Thomas coordinates MPG’s research for European cooperation on immigrant integration indicators and policies, including MIPEX, the EU’s Indicators on Migrant Integration and the European Commission’s Handbook and Website on Integration. MIPEX is the most comprehensive, reliable and cited index of integration/citizenship policies, frequently used by national and European policymakers, NGOs, academics and the press. Thomas Huddleston’s most recent pieces can be found on MPG’s website (www.migpolgroup.com). His major research interests are citizenship, political participation, family reunification, refugee integration, and measuring the implementation and effectiveness of integration policies. He also chairs the quarterly migration subgroup of the NGO Platform on EU Migration and Asylum.
Harald Bauder, Academic Director, Ryerson Centre for Immigration and Settlement (RCIS)
Dr. Harald Bauder is the Academic Director of the Ryerson Centre for Immigration and Settlement (RCIS) and a Professor of Geography at Ryerson University. He has published widely on the topic of immigration policy and debate, citizenship, and integration in North American and European contexts. His recent books include Migration Policy & Practice: Interventions & Solutions (forthcoming, edited with Christian Matheis, Palgrave); Immigration Experiences in North America: Understanding Settlement & Integration (edited with John Shields, Canadian Scholar’s Press, 2015), Immigration Dialectic: Imagining Community, Economy and Nation (University of Toronto Press, 2011), and Labor Movement: How Migration Regulates Labor Markets (Oxford University Press, 2006).
Ratna Omidvar, Executive Director, Global Diversity Exchange
Ratna Omidvar is the founding Executive Director of GDX and Adjunct Professor at the School of Business Management at Ryerson University. She is an internationally recognized expert, speaker and commentator on migration, diversity, integration and inclusion. Ratna is Chair Emeritus of the Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council, Co-Chair of DiverseCity: the Greater Toronto Leadership Project, and a Director of the Canadian Club of Toronto, The Environics Institute, and Samara. Previously, Ratna was the President of Maytree, a Canadian private foundation. She played a lead role in the creation of many local, national and international efforts to promote the integration of immigrants, including TRIEC, The Mentoring Partnership, ALLIES, DiverseCity onBoard, and Cities of Migration. Ratna is co-editor of Five Good Ideas: Practical Strategies for Non-Profit Success (2011) and co-author of Flight and Freedom: Stories of Escape to Canada to be published in the fall of 2015.
Ratna is a faculty member and advisor of the Metropolis Professional Development program at Carleton University. She received an Honorary Degree, Doctor of Laws, York University in 2012. Ratna was appointed to the Order of Ontario in 2005 and became a Member of the Order of Canada in 2011, which recognized her advocacy work on behalf of immigrants and for her devotion to reducing inequality in Canada. In 2010, Canada’s national newspaper, The Globe and Mail, profiled her as its Nation Builder of the Decade for Citizenship. In 2014, Ratna received the Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany in recognition of her contribution to the advancement of German-Canadian relations.