Maandag 18 tot en met vrijdag 22 september vindt in het World Forum Den Haag de International Metropolis Conference plaats. Het is voor de tweede keer dat deze conferentie in Den Haag neerstrijkt. De vorige keer was in 2010, toen koningin Beatrix de conferentie bijwoonde. De voertaal is Engels. The theme of this year’s event is Migration and Global Justice. Further details about the conference can be found on the web at www.MetropolisTheHague.org (bron: persbericht).
Metropolis is the world’s largest network of researchers, government officials, international organizations, and civil society organizations in the field of migration and population diversity. The aim of the organization is to enhance policy through empirical research and thereby to support societies that are managing the many effects of migration. Metropolis is an apolitical organization whose work is rooted in a realistic understanding of the policy process and which seeks to create useful co-operation amongst research, policy, and civil society. Although they do not advocate specific views about how any given society ought to manage migration and diversity, they do believe that no society will succeed if it attempts simply to eradicate migration and the diversity of its population. The basic position is that successful societies will be those that explicitly manage these phenomena for the mutual benefit of their citizens, their migrants, and their minority communities.
The annual International Metropolis Conference has become the largest regular migration conference in the world with a mandate to create active engagement amongst the academy, government, international organizations, and civil society organizations. This five day event offers a mix of 8 plenary sessions and roughly 90 workshops and roundtables, three special symposia and a PhD workshop to the approximately 600 delegates in attendance. The plenary program attempts to bring new issues to the Metropolis table each year and to take a forward-looking approach to migration and its effects on societies. This year’s plenary themes are:
1. Refugees: From Re-settlement to Integration
2. Managing Migration in a Theatre of War
3. Populism, Post-Truth Politics and Moral Leadership
4. Research Innovations and their Policy Implications
5. Cities Part One: Local Integration Policies
6. Volunteering, Urban Civility, and Active Citizenship
7. Cities Part Two: Economic Opportunities for All in Creative Cities
8. After Brexit, Whither Europe?