How states, provinces and cities integrate immigrants

The Forum of Federations recently organized a panel discussion on immigration in federal countries as part of an Ethnicity and Democratic Governance project conference held in Montreal.

Members of the panel, titled Subnational Dimensions of Integration and Immigration in Federal Countries, shared experiences from Canada and the United States. Joan Andrew, Ontario’s Deputy Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, presented her province’s strategy to attract and integrate new Canadians. She noted recent Ontario legislation that makes it easier for internationally trained individuals to gain employment in their fields of expertise.

Other highlights included a discussion led by Guillermo Linares, Commissioner of the New York City Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs, who described how his office facilitates connections between new immigrants and cultural and economic networks.

The Montreal conference, titled Immigration, Minorities and Multiculturalism in Democracies, took place on October 25, 2007.

The Ethnicity and Democratic Governance Project, based in Queen’s University, brings together a number of Canadian universities to explore how societies can respond to the opportunities and challenges raised by ethnic, linguistic, religious, and cultural differences.

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