Metropolis North America Migration Policy Forum: People, Labour, Borders & Security
Migration has profoundly shaped the economic and social condition of North Americans and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future. Governments in all three North American countries are responding to such challenges as the ongoing humanitarian crises in Syria and Central America, while at the same time seeking to realize their own proactive policy priorities on migration. And in all three countries, public opinion on the issues is in flux. Geographic boundaries have shaped critical aspects in the relationship between the United States, Mexico and Canada with such things as population composition, labour and security. Cross-border linkages (e.g. ethnic networks, return migration, dual citizenship, diaspora politics, transnational criminal activity) create an ever-complex environment. Changes to the flow of migrants have required occasional adjustments to the rules governing the movement of people and goods between the United States, Mexico and Canada. This inaugural Policy Forum will be held in Washington, DC on November 16th and 17th. It will facilitate open and constructive discussion between policy-makers, researchers and practitioners in order to achieve better understanding of the respective challenges in the area of migration in the United States, Mexico and Canada. It will provide a platform to help assess the effects migration and propose ideas to strengthen cooperation between the three countries. We invite proposals from leading researchers, civil society actors, and policy-makers to organize bilateral and/or multilateral sessions (workshops and/or round tables) that offer important insights via comparative perspectives on issues of migration as they concern People Labour, Borders and Security.