Frequently Asked Questions

About the Conference

Who is the conference open to?

The conference is open to the public. The 2010 Cities of Migration International Conference invites the full range of stakeholders engaged in the integration of urban migrants, including foundations, city leaders, immigrant and community organizations, colleges and universities, local employers, policy makers, activists, resident and business associations, and private and public entreprise in all fields of work.


What are the different Registrant Types and Fees?

See Registration page

How can I pay for my online registration?

Registration fees can be paid with credit cards: VISA or Mastercard. All fees are calculated in Canadian Dollars. Please visit the Universal Currency Converter to see approximate amount in your own currency.

How do I know my online registration is confirmed?

The registration system will generate an automatic confirmation email with the details of your registration and credit card charges. If you do not receive this email, please check with your SPAM box, or email Evelyn Siu

What time should I pick-up my registration package in-person?

You may check-in and pick up your conference package at 5:00 pm on Sunday, October 3 at the Registration Table located inside the Bel Air Hotel. Late registration pick-ups start at 8:30 am on Monday, October 4. Please be on time.

What is the Refund Policy?

There is a no-refund policy for cancellations received after September 1, 2010. A refund for cancellation prior to September 1st will be subject to a cancellation fee of CAD $25.00. Please submit requests for cancellation to Evelyn Siu

Can someone else attend on my behalf?

A participant can be replaced by another person only with advanced notification by email to Evelyn Siu prior to September 1, 2010.

Travel and Accommodation in The Hague

Where is the conference venue?

Bel Air Hotel, The Hague/Den Haag, Johan de Wittlaan 30, 2517 JR, DEN HAAG, The Netherlands.

Where can I stay in The Hague?

Our recommended accommodation is Bel Air Hotel, The Hague/Den Haag, Johan de Wittlaan 30, 2517 JR, DEN HAAG. Book your hotel early to avoid disappointment – Special rate for conference registrants!

What are the directions to the conference venue?

See Directions

Do I need a visa to enter the Netherlands?

Certain nationals require a visa to stay up to 90 days in The Netherlands. Please visit the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs website to determine if you require a visa, associated fees, and proper identification requirements.

In the case a visa is required to enter the Netherlands, the visa will have to be requested at a Dutch embassy prior to departure for the Netherlands, in accordance with normal Dutch visa procedures. The usual procedure requires to fill out a visa application form and bring this to the Dutch embassy together with a travel document that are valid for at least three months after your visa expires, a passport photo and the invitation letter. This could deviate depending on your nationality, inquire about the requirements and procedure at the Dutch embassy located in your country – or near – is suggested.

For more information visit the website of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Identification requirements: By Dutch law you are required to have proper identification (passport) with you at all times while residing in the Netherlands. For entry into official buildings you generally need to show your identification.

What is the local currency I can use in The Hague?

The Netherlands uses the euro (€). As for the denominations of the currency, there are €5, €10, €20, €50, €100, €200 and €500 notes, and €0.01, €0.02, €0.05, €0.10, €0.20, €0.50, €1 and €2 coins (amounts under €1 are called cents). Many businesses will not accept notes larger than €50 because of the funny money in circulation.

Changing money

Avoid the private exchange booths dotted around tourist areas. They’re convenient and open late, but rates and commissions tend to be lousy. Banks and post-offices stick to official exchange rates and charge a sensible commission, as does GWK Travelex (0900 05 66), accessible at a number of branches: Den Haag Centraal Station (8am-10pm Mon-Sat, 9am-10pm Sun); and Schiphol airport (7am-10pm).

What is the climate in The Netherlands in October?

In October, temperatures vary between 12-16 degrees Celsius, so it is advisable to bring a warm (rain)coat. An umbrella would be advisable as well.

What is the Electricity type?

The normal electricity supply is 220 volts. In The Netherlands a Type F plug is used. CEE 7/4 (German “Schuko” 16 A/250 V earthed) It supplies up to 16 Amperes.