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Cities of Migration

Friday, April 17, 2015

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In this issue:
Cremona: Sikh Formaggio
Welcoming Economies: Immigrants are Key to Inclusive Economic Growth
GDX Lecture: Pico Iyer
Wiesbaden: Private Prayer in Public School
Suzanne Ma: Meet Me in Venice
Toronto: Tower Renewal and RAC Zoning
Better Banking
Arrival City Photowalks
Auckland: Health, Heart and Work
Toronto 2025
Is Canada Still an International Leader of Integration?
Good Ideas in the News

Cremona: Sikh Formaggio

Parmigiano Reggiano? Grana Padano? The cows are Italian, the territory is Italian but surprisingly, the people who work on the cheese are not. Immigrants from India’s Punjab region are helping preserve a slice of Italian culture while making an invaluable contribution to the economy.

>> Read the Good Idea

 

Welcoming Economies: Immigrants are Key to Inclusive Economic Growth

May 22 Webinar Event

How do we create a welcoming economy? Join Steve Tobocman, Executive Director of Global Detroit, for an online conversation for how we can revitalize regional economies through immigrant attraction and retention, employment, entrepreneurship, workforce development, and internationalization of cities, workplaces and institutions. Guest interviewer: Sarah Wayland, Global Hamilton. Co-hosted with Welcoming America.


>> Learn more

 

GDX Lecture: Pico Iyer

Big Ideas on Diversity, Prosperity and Migration

May 7, 2015

For its Inaugural Annual Lecture, the Global Diversity Exchange at Ryerson University is pleased to announce speaker Pico Iyer, travel writer, author, philosopher, and global citizen. Mr. Iyer, author of the acclaimed The Global Soul and The Art of Stillness: Adventures in Going Nowhere.

>> Register now

 

Wiesbaden: Private Prayer in Public School

The German constitution grants parents the right to have their children educated according to their own religious tradition. Until now that’s been restricted to “official” religious communities. No longer.

>> Read the Good Idea

 

Suzanne Ma: Meet Me in Venice

An excerpt from Suzanne Ma's Meet Me in Venice,  a Chinese immigrant's journey from the Far East to the faraway west.

>> Learn more

 

Toronto: Tower Renewal and RAC Zoning

Championed by urban visionaries like Jane Jacobs, mixed use zoning gives new life to Toronto’s old tower neighbourhoods, unlocking entrepreneurial opportunity, social enterprise and a new deal for property owners and developers.

>> Read the Good Idea

 

Better Banking

It's not about political correctness. Organisations invested in encouraging a culture of diversity, flexibility and inclusion deliver a distinct competitive advantage - interview with Frank Cui, BNZ Migrant and Asian Banking

>> Read the Interview

 

Arrival City Photowalks

Arrival City Book Club members shared the sights and sounds of their cities using a novel “photowalk” app that helps you create visual stories about your neighbourhood, the people that live there, and how their arrival stories have shaped city spaces and places. 

>> Visit Arrival City neighbourhoods

 

Auckland: Health, Heart and Work

The Knox Hospital and Home volunteer program in Auckland connects migrants to relevant work experience while fostering a caring intercultural environment for both workers and elderly in a residential health facility.

>> Read the Good Idea

 

Toronto 2025

What will Toronto look like in 10 years? Aging infrastructure and limited transit aren’t the only challenges city leaders face. By 2015, Toronto’s foreign-born population is expected to hit 69%. Ratna Omidvar joins a panel of city leaders to talk about Toronto’s challenges, strengths and share her vision for Toronto’s future.

>> Watch the discussion

 

Is Canada Still an International Leader of Integration?

On May 27 the launch of the 4th edition of the Migrant Integration Policy Index (MIPEX) will provide important information on the impact of policy changes in Canada’s immigration and settlement policies in recent years. How does Canada compare to other countries in terms of granting immigrants access to citizenship, health care, and the labour market? Is Canada still an international leader when it comes to integration?   Learn more here.

>> Register for the May 27 MIPEX event

 

Good Ideas in the News

Debunking the Myth of the Job-Stealing Immigrant (New York Times Magazine, March 24, 2015). Times they are a-changing. Adam Davidson puts to rest the ''lump of labor fallacy,'' or the idea that there is a fixed amount of work to be done in the world, and takes an optimistic position on the future of immigration: “The economic benefits of immigration may be the ­most ­settled fact in economics.”

Waiter, Is That Inclusion in My Soup? A new recipe to improve business performance. Research by Deloitte Australia (Deloitte) and the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission charts new territory on business performance, re-orienting organizations from their preoccupation with diversity to the equally critical complement of inclusion.

Becoming a Party of Choice: a Tool for Mainstreaming Diversity (Migration Policy Group 2012). With UK elections on the horizon, this 2012 report addresses timely themes: "As a political party, we need to truly reflect the population we aim to represent and serve. This publication provides valuable help in integrating people with a migrant background at all levels of party operation." - Baroness Sal Brinton, Member of the House of Lords, Liberal Democrat Party, UK

Rolling Out the Welcome Mat: Detroit and Baltimore hope that embracing immigrants can reverse their decline. In: The Economist

Migrant Employment Outcomes in European Labour Markets (IPPR 2015). A new report considers how European economies could benefit from the under-utilized skills of their migrant populations.

WE Global Network: a new “Welcoming Economies” initiative was launched by Welcoming America and Global Detroit to support America’s rustbelt cities in their efforts to welcome, retain and empower immigrant communities as valued contributors to local economies.

Photographing the World, One Torontonian at a Time. Colin Boyd Shafer is a Canadian documentary photographer whose award-winning project Cosmopolis Toronto features a portrait of someone from every single country of the world who now calls Toronto home.

 

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