13th International Metropolis Conference
Mobility, Integration and
Development in a Globalised World
27-31 October 2008
SAMPLE WORKSHOP PROPOSAL FORM
Workshop proposals are invited from researchers, policy-makers, NGOs and other interested delegates.
The proposals will be adjudicated according to the strength of the proposal, best fit with conference
themes, and representation of a broad range of perspectives from various countries, sectors and
backgrounds. Please see the conference website www.metropolis2008.org for additional information and
guidelines on organizing a session. Workshops that do not meet the outlined criteria will not be included.
I. Workshop title (maximum 10 words)
Immigrants Shaping the New Economy
II. Organisers (include the following information; repeat as necessary)
Name: Christopher Smith
Affiliation/institution: University of Calgary
Address: 2500 University Drive NW, Calgary, Alberta, T2N 1N4
Country of residence: Canada
Telephone: (403) 220-5110
Fax: (403) 220-5000
III. Presenters (include name, affiliation, country of residence and e-mail address for each presenter)
Please indicate if the presenter is “Confirmed” or “To Be Confirmed.” Workshops must include
presenters from more than one sector and more than one country.
Erica Crysler, University of Technology Sydney, Australia, Erica.Crysler@uts.edu.au (confirmed)
Khadija Hussein, San Francisco State University, United States, email@example.com (confirmed)
Joan Crockett, American Association of Employers, United States, firstname.lastname@example.org (confirmed)
David Snow, University of Queensland, Australia, email@example.com (to be confirmed)
Carl Brown, Human Resources and Social Development Canada, Canada, carl.brown@hrsdc-
Jeremy Kyle, Department of Labour, New Zealand, Jeremy.firstname.lastname@example.org (to be confirmed)
IV. Workshop description (max. 250 words)
This will be used in the adjudication process. Include information on the workshop topic; objectives;
policy relevance; inclusion of international comparisons; and relevance to conference themes.
This workshop will focus on the ways in which nations gain economic advantage in the new
economy through the migration of highly skilled workers and entrepreneurs.
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Several countries in the world have been trying to gain economic advantage through the
immigration of highly skilled immigrants so they can foster the development of high technology
areas, also referred to as "creative regions," "techno-poles," "industrial clusters," or "regional
systems of innovation." The workshop will look at Australia, Canada, and the United States and
will examine the role that immigrants play in the growth of these new economic sectors in these
countries. Given that there is, in the “global immigration marketplace,” intense competition for
highly skilled immigrants and entrepreneurs, countries must develop immigration policy and
domestic labour market policies to recruit, select and direct people into these specific economic
sectors. These polices influence the ways in which new immigrants use their human, social,
cultural, and economic capital, as well as their entrepreneurial skills and work practices in the new
economy and other related high-tech sectors. This workshop will assess whether immigrants’
practices, when carried out within transnational ethnic networks, foster the growth of high
technology sectors in the economies of both the host and home countries.
This workshop extends the conference’s discussion of the links between migration, integration and
development in that it looks not just at immigration policies and the integration of immigrants in the
new economy, but also on how this can lead to development in the countries of origin.
V. Short web and conference program summary (max. 75 words)
Please include a short abstract of your session, which will be included in the conference programme and
on the conference website. Summaries longer than 75 words will be edited.
This workshop examines the impact and role played by highly skilled and entrepreneurial
immigrants in the new economy and high-tech sectors of Australia, Canada, and the United States.
The policy implications on how these immigrants use their human, social, and economic capital and
transnational ethnic networks will also be examined.
VI. Workshop composition
Have you included presenters from more than one sector (e.g. research, policy, NGO)? Yes No
Have you included presenters from more than one country? Yes No
Workshops that do not meet these criteria will not appear on the conference program.
VII. Workshop logistics
Language of workshop:
Simultaneous interpretation will not be available in workshop sessions, but you may conduct your
workshop in a language other than English. Please indicate language of workshop below.
Please list your AV requirements (e.g. LCD projector, overhead projector, etc.).
Facilities for power point
Workshops are either 90 minutes or 180 minutes in length. Please indicate your preference.
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VIII. Workshop theme
The conference program will feature a range of workshops, including those related to the conference
themes and plenary sessions, as well as others on emerging issues. To assist us in categorizing your
session, please indicate the area in which your workshop best fits.
Please select ONE theme:
Comparative integration approaches Gendered dimensions of migration
X Migration, integration and development: linkages Border control and migration management
Transnationalism and circular / return migration Migration and the environment
Diversity and responses(e.g. multiculturalism, Diaspora communities
assimilation, social cohesion) Emerging and / or other issues
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