Conference News

Conference Participants Share their Learning!

Wednesday, November 10th, 2010

The 2010 International Cities of Migration Conference, Oct. 3–4, 2010, brought together 170 migration experts, practitioners and city leaders from over 70 cities across 22 countries. Participant feedback has been exceptionally strong identifying positive messages about the value of diversity and local integration practices that work. Participants went home with practical lessons based on the success of local integration initiatives and good ideas on immigrant integration, diversity and city leadership.

Cities of Migration wants to share their conference learning exchanges with you. As our participants continue to share their learning, we ask you to imagine how these ideas might travel and make a contribution to the prosperity and sustainability of your own cities of migration….

Read, listen, and watch excellent media reports in English, French, and Spanish!

From Toronto, Canada


From Paris, France


From Barcelona, Spain


From London, UK

Various conference participants published their conference articles on Open Democracy:


From New Haven, USA

Ready, Set, Go! Post Conference Highlights

Tuesday, October 5th, 2010

Ready, Set, Go! The Opportunity Agenda Takes Off!

Conference Plenary Speaker, Greg Clark, releases new Understanding OPENCities report.

Wednesday, July 14th, 2010

Featuring case studies from Amsterdam, Auckland, Dublin, Madrid, and Toronto, the new report compares and contrasts their strengths and weaknesses, and highlights how each city has embraced openness in its bid to build a successful world brand.

Greg Clark, city expert and lead advisor on the British Council’s OPENCities programme, sees a bright future for cities with strong leadership and the determination to evolve and grow:

“OPENCities encourages the exchange of positive ideas between forward-thinking world cities. Creating an environment where locals and new migrants can live in harmony is another key element of the programme. For the first time, cities will have a specific way to gauge their openness and help their leaders develop successful strategies to compete on a world-stage.”

Read Understanding OPENCities report!