International Metropolis Conference | Sydney

Conference Dates: 29 October – 2 November 2018


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Key Dates

Call for Abstracts: Closed now
Registrations Open: Open now
Call for Abstracts Close: 20 May 2018
Author Notification Round 1: 30 May 2018
Author Notification Round 2: End of June
Early Bird Registration Deadline: 25 July 2018
Conference Dates: 29 October – 2 November 2018

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2018 International Metropolis Conference – the only gathering of its kind that brings together leaders and experts to discuss migration, diversity and integration.

Coming to Sydney, from October 29th to November 2nd the Conference will provide a unique platform to debate, discuss and critique policy approaches, practice and research in relation to migration. At a time when migration and its place in the body politic is at a critical inflection point, Metropolis 2018 is set to generate global interest and influence.

This year’s event is hosted by a consortium, led by Settlement Services International (SSI), in partnership with Australian Multicultural Foundation (AMF) and Multicultural NSW (MNSW).

Join over 750 Australian and international experts, academia, business leaders, government, key decision makers and community organisations that are expected to attend Metropolis 2018. The Conference will facilitate dialogue and critical conversations for a broad global debate and shifts in policy approaches.

The theme for this year’s Conference is Global Migration in Turbulent Times; with a focus on the following eight sub-themes:

  • Enterprise, Innovation and Employment – catalysts for social change?

  • Migration and Mobility – the dynamic shifts in the Asia-Pacific region

  • Displacement and asylum – new dimensions driving an old phenomenon

  • Visible and powerful – migrant voices in a connected world

  • Conflicting agendas? National, local, regional and global responses to the governance of migration

  • Religious diversity – a bridge or a barrier to belonging?

  • Migration and inequality – complex challenges under the microscope

  • Australia a multicultural paradise – myths and realities


For the first time, the Conference will also focus on the impact of migration on First Peoples and will profile the importance of their stories including those of Indigenous Australians.

While the Conference runs from Monday to Friday, event hosts SSI are building a program of events and activities to make your stay in Sydney something to remember. On Saturday 3 November, as part of the Conference Cultural Program, SSI will host The New Beginnings Festival in Spring a celebration of the artistic vibrancy, cultural expressions and heritage of people from refugee and migrant backgrounds. Keep an eye out for more satellite events and activities.

We look forward to welcoming you to the 2018 International Metropolis Conference, in Sydney.

Violet Roumeliotis Dr Bulent (Hass) Dellal AO Hakan Harman
Conference Chair  Conference Chair  Conference Chair
Settlement Services International Australian Multicultural Foundation  Multicultural NSW


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Local Organising Committee

Violet Roumeliotis – Conference Chair
Settlement Services International
Katrina Grech
Settlement Services International
Hass Dellal – Conference Chair
Australian Multicultural Foundation 
Janine Shamley-Jackson
Multicultural NSW
Hakan Harman – Conference Chair
Multicultural NSW (MNSW)
Tadgh McMahon
Settlement Services International
Elisabeth Shaw
Settlement Services International
Jock Collins
University of Technology Sydney