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Cities of Migration Newsletter

Friday, September 11, 2009

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In this issue:
Let's Talk About: Labour Force Integration
WORK: Good Ideas from Montreal, New York, Boston, London and beyond
Watch the most Recent Webinar on Labour Integration
English, French and German: Website Is now Multilingual!
The Art of Integration: Submit a Photo!

TRIEC award winner Let's Talk About: Labour Force Integration

Employment is the foundation for successful integration. This month, Cities of Migration highlights practices that support and create an environment for strengthening immigrant employment. Read good ideas around these issues coming from Auckland, London, Boston, New York and beyond. You can watch our last webinar, "Fulfilling the Promise: Integrating Immigrant Skills into the Urban Economy," where Elizabeth McIsaac, executive director of the Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council (TRIEC), discusses a practical multi-sector model that leverages corporate leadership to promote the case for diversity and the so-called "immigrant advantage." This is a travelling good idea. The TRIEC model has moved successfully from the city of Toronto to the city of Auckland: where can you take the good idea?

In a city of migration, everyone is an integration actor. Re-think your diversity strategies, learn about successful practices in labour force integration, and make an international connection.

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Boston Backstreet WORK: Good Ideas from Montreal, New York, Boston, London and beyond

Read about New York City's intercultural interviewing tool kit and Boston's local business development strategies that unlock entrepreneurial innovation.

Recruiting and retaining talent, the two sides of successful labour force integration, are explored in a short-term mentoring program in Montreal and Toronto.

Find out about an initiative in London that develops long-term skills in a newcomer community to secure competitive and economic advantage.

While the tactics and actors differ, each of these cities share innovation, talent and opportunity that come with a diverse workforce - new markets, an international customer base and urban prosperity.

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Elizabeth McIsaac Watch the most Recent Webinar on Labour Integration

"Fulfilling the Promise: Integrating Immigrant Skills into the Urban Economy"

From Auckland and Toronto. This month’s featured Good Idea, From Alpha to Omega: Innovating in the Workplace, was the focus of a successful international webinar hosted from New Zealand by Justin Treagus, OMEGA at the Committee of Auckland, and moderated by Nick Main, Chairman, Deloitte New Zealand. The conversation between presenter Elizabeth McIsaac and Justin addressed a wide range of issues ranging from the business case for integration and the structural frameworks needed for corporate engagement to the number of mentoring matches and tips for good HR practice. Watch the webinar recording.

Conversation snapshot: your questions answered

Find answers to questions posed by webinar participants in our post-event space, Conversations in Integration.


English, French and German: Website Is now Multilingual!

The website’s most important content is now available in English, French and German. This includes:

  • Good Ideas in Integration. Currently about 30 profiles have been translated with more to come over the next few months.
  • Website navigation, instructions and section descriptions.

Please give us your feedback: citiesofmigration@maytree.com.


The Art of Integration: Submit a Photo!

Theme: What does labour integration look like to you?

Cities of Migration might be built on the stories of our good ideas, but we know that even the best story can’t compete with pictures and images. So help us out! Email your pictures and images of "labour force" or "workplace" integration (JPEG format is preferred) to citiesofmigration@maytree.com and we’ll feature your original photography on the site!


Featured Good Idea


Alpha to Omega: Innovating In The Workplace
Auckland, New Zealand

Too often new immigrants to New Zealand, much like new immigrants around the world, end up falling into the frustrating cycle of "no New Zealand experience, then no job, no job, then no New Zealand experience." … learn more


Upcoming Events


14Th International Metropolis Conference – Copenhagen
September 16, 2009

  • Panel: From Cities of Migration to Open Cities: traveling with diversity towards prosperity.
    16:00 – 17:30
  • Panel: Ventured and gained! Innovative ways that foundations influence integration policy with Ratna Omidvar (president of Maytree)
    14:00 – 15:30

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Annual Maytree Leadership Conference: Telling Stories: Creating Change (Toronto)
October 1, 2009

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Save the Date

Week of October 20, 2009. The Integration Learning Exchange presents a webinar on HR practice for successful integration of skilled immigrants and increased diversity in the workforce. Check the website for updates.


Contact Cities of Migration

Cities of Migration Secretariat (Toronto)
Kim Turner, Project Leader
Evelyn Siu, Communications (webinars)
For all regions, including UK, EU and NZ, contact:


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