Big Ideas: Practice to Policy: Lessons from Local Leadership on Immigrant Integration

October 31, 2012

Today’s cities are at the hub of an increasingly globalized economy. As the level of government closest to the people, municipalities are also well positioned to respond to their needs. Around the world, cities are developing policies and practices that accelerate the settlement and integration of immigrants, and engage local residents in building safe, healthy and prosperous communities.

International policy experts analyze innovative local practices and discuss the role that municipal governments and other local actors can – and should – play in shaping immigration and integration policy.

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Jan Niessen, Director, Migration Policy Group, Brussels
Jan Niessen is director of the Brussels based Migration Policy Group, an independent policy agency. Dr Niessen studied sociology at the Amsterdam Free University. His professional activities include designing and conducting international campaigns (such as the Starting Line on European anti-discrimination law) and comparative research projects (such as the MIPEX, the immigrant integration policies index); undertaking feasibility studies; establishing and managing international expertise networks and authoring, reports, handbooks and manuals for the OSCE, the Council of Europe, the European Commission and the European Parliament. He is a member of the Editorial Board of the European Journal of Migration and Law; co-editor of a book series on migration and law; member of the Board of Directors of the Journal of International Migration and Integration and co-editor of the European Anti-discrimination Law Review. He advises public and private sector organisations on matters related to international migration, integration, anti-discrimination and diversity.

Myer Siemiatycki, Professor, Ryerson University, Toronto
Myer Siemiatycki is Professor of Politics & Public Administration at Ryerson University in Toronto. He is the past Founding Director of Ryerson’s Graduate Program in Immigration and Settlement Studies, and past Community Domain Leader at the Centre of Excellence for Research on Immigration and Settlement (CERIS) in Toronto. His research explores immigrant and minority community civic engagement. Topics of interest have included immigrant and minority political participation, transnationalism, minority religion in the public realm and temporary migration. Much of his research has focussed on the immigrant experience in Toronto.


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