English Online at the 19th National Metropolis Conference

English Online Inc.
March 20, 2017

Two young women in greet t-shirts smiling at the table

M. Berezyanskaya (left) and N. Aleko (right) at Le Centre Sheraton Montreal Hotel Ballroom, March 17, 2017

English Online joined around 800 delegates at the Metropolis Conference last March 16-18, 2017 at the Centre Sheraton Montreal. With the theme “Looking Forward: Migration and Mobility in 2017 and Beyond”, the conference gathered researchers, policy makers, students, and representatives from community and settlement organizations to discuss issues and share knowledge and best practices on immigration and settlement.

Guest speakers at the conference included representatives and heads of ministries and the academia as well as public and private agencies such as Quebec’s Minister of Immigration, Diversity and Inclusiveness Kathleen Weil; Political analyst and former member of the Quebec National Assembly and Minister of Immigration and Cultural Communities Yolande James; Founder of the Leger Research Group Jean Marc-Léger; and Jean-Philippe Warren, professor at Concordia University. Federal Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Ahmed Hussen delivered a special address on the second day of the conference. In his message, he reiterated the importance of immigration for Canada’s economy and how diversity enriches Canadian culture.

There were more than 100 plenary sessions, more than 10 roundtable discussions, several workshops as well as poster presentations and booths throughout the three-day conference. This year’s topic highlights were resettlement efforts relating to Syrian refugees, challenges faced by international students and newcomer youth, diversity, and inclusion in Canadian cities, research designs most applicable to measuring studies related to immigrant studies, and new challenges to newcomer integration.

The Metropolis Conference is an annual forum that aims to exchange knowledge and share experiences in the field of immigration and settlement. It is one of the largest gatherings of experts in migration, integration, and diversity, offering valuable insights that help practitioners in the field understand current issues and challenges and improve service delivery to immigrants, refugees, and temporary residents.

For more information on the conference presentations and presentors, go to the Metropolis Twitter page.

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