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Roundtable Discussion: Managing Migration in the 21st Century: Policy Options for Canada and Europe
Moderated Roundtable Discussion
Migration has always been a politically sensitive, and even emotional, topic for many societies. Today managing migration is posing a great challenge for countries around the world. Canada is often cited as an example of multiculturalism. However, critics have recently labelled parts of the country’s immigration system as being “broken,” pointing to long wait times for potential migrants. There is lively debate about the “right” immigration levels. Europe is facing an aging population. The debate is over the need for migrants to bolster the working age population versus a rise in anti-immigrant sentiment in some quarters. What approach should governments take towards migration? How can it be managed? And what can Canada and Europe learn from each other? Our panelists will tackle these questions by discussing the different migration experiences in Canada and Europe.
08:30 Registration / Coffee and Muffins
Helen Morris, Canada Europe Transatlantic Dialogue
Julia Hurrelmann, Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, Canada Liaison Officer
Martin Geiger (Moderator), Centre for European Studies, Carleton University
Sebastian Edathy, Member of the German Parliament, Member of the Committee for Legal Affairs, DEP Member of the Internal Affairs Committee
Mark Davidson DG International and Intergovernmental Relations Citizenship and Immigration Canada
James Bissett, Centre for Immigration Policy Reform
Victor Piché, Dept. of Demography, McGill University, Montreal
Oliver Schmidtke, Dept. of History and Political Science, University of Victoria
10:00 Roundtable Discussion
Adrian Harewood, CBC Television