New thinking on migration starts here

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Join the world’s brightest academic, government and community leaders and practitioners for a week of learning, discussion and debate on migration, diversity and integration. Metropolis will be an intellectually challenging, culturally rewarding opportunity to network and explore the latest thinking and practices in migration policy, research and programs.

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

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).

Global Migration in Turbulent Times

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 has developed 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 Metropolis 2018, Sydney.

Violet Roumeliotis Dr Bulent (Hass) Dellal AO Ross Hawkey
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
Ross Hawkey – Conference Chair
Multicultural NSW (MNSW)
Tadgh McMahon
Settlement Services International
Elisabeth Shaw
Settlement Services International
Jock Collins
University of Technology Sydney

Liz Dods
Settlement Services International