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Roundtable Discussion: Managing Migration in the 21st Century: Policy Options for Canada and Europe

November 1, 2011 at 8:30 AM

Location:Senate Room (6th Floor) Robertson Hall

Moderated Roundtable Discussion

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Speakers’ Bios

Migration has always been a politically sensitive, and even emotional, topic for many societies. Today managing migration is posing a great challenge for countries around the world. Canada is often cited as an example of multiculturalism. However, critics have recently labelled parts of the country’s immigration system as being “broken,” pointing to long wait times for potential migrants. There is lively debate about the “right” immigration levels. Europe is facing an aging population. The debate is over the need for migrants to bolster the working age population versus a rise in anti-immigrant sentiment in some quarters. What approach should governments take towards migration? How can it be managed? And what can Canada and  Europe learn from each other? Our panelists will tackle these questions by discussing the different migration experiences in Canada and Europe.


08:30  Registration / Coffee and Muffins

09:00  Welcome

Helen Morris, Canada Europe Transatlantic Dialogue

Julia Hurrelmann, Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, Canada Liaison Officer

09:15   Introduction

Martin Geiger (Moderator), Centre for European Studies, Carleton University

09:30  Remarks

Sebastian Edathy, Member of the German Parliament, Member of the Committee for Legal Affairs, DEP Member of the Internal Affairs Committee

Mark Davidson DG International and Intergovernmental Relations Citizenship and Immigration Canada

James Bissett, Centre for Immigration Policy Reform

Victor Piché, Dept. of Demography, McGill University, Montreal

Oliver Schmidtke, Dept. of History and Political Science, University of Victoria

10:00 Roundtable Discussion

Adrian Harewood, CBC Television

This conference is funded by the Canada-Europe Transatlantic Dialogue, the Centre for European Studies and the Friedrich Ebert Foundation.