Third International Cities of Migration Conference

Diversity Drives Prosperity

Toronto, March 2, 2016

Mobility, movement, migration—the great flow of people and ideas to cities around the world—is unstoppable. Today’s super-diversity follows the great urbanization of the world. New cities of migration are in the global north and in the global south, and span every continent. As IOM’s William Lacy Swing says: “Cities rarely shrink to greatness. They get better by growing and to grow they must welcome migrants.”

If diversity is the new norm, does diversity drive prosperity? Can diversity bring more trade, more talent, more social innovation? We think so. The evidence linking diversity and prosperity is strong and growing, bolstered by new voices, new research strategies, and new forms of collaboration.

The 2016 Cities of Migration Conference is brought to you by the Global Diversity Exchange, Ryerson University, in collaboration with the 18th National Metropolis Conference, March 3-5, 2016.

Join local government and community leaders, practitioners, experts, activists and policy-makers for a one-day forum and in-depth analysis of the issues and opportunities created by today’s global flows of migration.

Program Highlights:

  • Open, Smart, Diverse? What Cities Need To Do. Our opening speaker and plenary panel take stock of how super-diversity challenges and sustains urban resilience and liveability.
  • New Talent, New Markets. Business leaders discuss the links between workforce diversity and market opportunity, and the impact of diversity on innovation in products, services, and processes.
  • Changing Governance in Changing Times. Civic leaders examine institutional innovation and culture shift in the boardroom — from the ballroom and ball park all the way to the bank.
  • Social Innovation in the New Economy. A leading thinker explores how diversity and social innovation drive the entrepreneurial spirit of the new economy.
  • Marketplace of Good Ideas. Our signature event takes you on a multi-city tour of successful, scalable integration strategies and social innovations for building open, inclusive cities and workplaces. Welcoming Refugees. Closing conversation on welcoming refugees into our communities and workplaces.
  • Welcoming Refugees in Cities Closing conversation on welcoming refugees into our urban communities, institutions, neighbourhoods and workplaces. – See more at: Cities of Migration: Diversity Drives Prosperity
  • Annual GDX Lecture included in your registration! Dr. Khalid Koser, Executive Director of the Global Community Engagement and Resilience Fund (GCERF) in Geneva, Switzerland. Dr. Koser is a global citizen. In his lecture he will touch on many of the pressing issues surrounding the unprecedented movement of people across the globe: refugees, internal displacement, global governance, human security, community engagement and counter-radicalization. He will provide a new lens on the question: does diversity drive prosperity?

Full program details: Cities of Migration: Program

COM2016 Registration

COM2016 is a one-day pre-conference before the 18th National Metropolis Conference (March 3-5, 2016). Join us on March 2 for a full day of leading ideas, speakers, plenary panels, networking and a Marketplace of Good Ideas. We aim to re-ignite local and national interest in the impact of migration on cities and showcase local and municipal leadership on immigrant integration.

Registrant Fees (indicated in Canadian Dollars)

  • Pre-conference day: Cities of Migration Conference and GDX Lecture (March 2)                                                   150
  • Pre-conference day: Student / Cities of Migration conference and GDX Lecture (March 2)                                  95
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Conference Registrants

Conference registrants receive admission and materials for Cities of Migration conference events taking place on March 2, 2016, including: continental breakfast, lunch and coffee breaks on March 2. Conference materials include program and workbook.

Note: The Conference is hosted in English.

Cancellation Policy:

There is a no-refund policy for cancellations received after February 1, 2016. A refund for cancellation prior to this date will be subject to a cancellation fee of $25.00 CAD. Please submit requests for cancellation to

Conference Partners and Supporters

The 2016 Cities of Migration Conference, Toronto, March 2, 2016, is presented by the Global Diversity Exchange at the Ted Rogers School of Management, Ryerson University, with Metropolis Conference, and our international partners and supporters: Maytree Foundation, Bertelsmann Stiftung, Open Society Initiative for Europe, World Bank and others.

Cities of Migration & Metropolis

Cities of Migration was launched at the 13th International Metropolis Conference in Bonn in 2008. The 1st International Cities of Migration Conference was convened in The Hague, Oct. 3-4, 2010, a 1.5 day pre-conference at the 15th International Metropolis Conference. Cities of Migration hosted its 2nd International Conference in Berlin, June 3-5, 2014.

Cities of Migration is a flagship program of the Global Diversity Exchange, TRSM, Ryerson University.

About Cities of Migration

Cities of Migration was the first international initiative to connect global cities on shared issues of migration and immigrant integration. Cities of Migration showcases innovative and successful local integration practices from global cities using a fresh storytelling approach and a compelling message: integration is a critical dimension of urban prosperity and growth.

The Cities of Migration website is anchored by a collection of “Good Ideas in Integration.” These profiles showcase good city-level practices that provide innovative and practical solutions to common integration problems and challenges. Under the themes of Work, Live, Learn, Connect and Plan, users will discover integration strategies and models of inclusive practice that can be adapted locally or inspire new thinking in this important dimension of urban prosperity and well-being.

To help integration practitioners explore our showcase of good integration ideas, we have provided a library of e-resources on related research, practice and policy. Our Learning Exchange offers a monthly series of online webinars designed to give city-level practitioners development opportunities and to help urban networks develop stronger ties. By increasing the effectiveness of local integration practices and the policy frameworks that support them, we hope to advance the place of cities in migration policy internationally.

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