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Linking Migration and Public Policy

Date and time

2010.02.11, 2:07 PM to 3:07 PM


"Linking Migration and Public Policy: Why Does It Matter?"
Seminar Series on Migration and Development

FOCAL is introducing a new component to its labour mobility project in 2010: a Seminar Series on Migration and Development. The first seminar, which will be held Thursday, Feb. 11, 2010 at 10:30 a.m. at FOCAL, will focus on the question “Linking Migration and Public Policy: Why does it Matter?”

The new initiative aims to share expertise and good practice on migration and development management with stakeholder groups in Canada (including government, development practitioners, Diasporas and civil society) through a series of dynamic video conferences between January and August 2010.

The initiative intends to encourage meaningful civil society participation in an ongoing global debate on the migration-development nexus, which was evidenced by the large civil society turn-out at the 2009 Global Forum on Migration and Development in Athens, as well as by recent efforts of many countries to include migration issues into their existing development agendas (e.g. MDG plans).

This seminar series is also based on the thesis that linking development outcomes to migration processes – which involves creating incentives for positive impacts as well as mitigating negative impacts – is learned in large part through the sharing of effective practices, knowledge and regional expertise, including from civil society.

Calendar of Seminars

The first seminar will be held on Thursday, Feb. 11, 2010 from 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. at the FOCAL boardroom, located at 720-1 Nicholas Street. Ottawa, Ontario.

To RSVP, please send an email to Fatima Gardaad at fgardaad [at] focal.ca by Monday, Feb. 8, 2010

The website will be updated regularly with upcoming seminar dates (Under “Projects” - “labour mobility”)

If you would like to propose a presentation, or for more information, please contact Barb MacLaren, Project Manager at bmaclaren@focal.ca.




FOCAL Boardroom

Venue description



720-1 Nicholas Street





Postal code

K1N 7B7




Economic sectors

Agriculture and horticulture workers, Occupations in services - Domestic work, Sales and service occupations - general, Trades, transport and equipment operators and related occupations - general, Natural resources, agriculture and related production occupations - general, Labourers in food, beverage and associated products processing, Dancers, and Other

Content types

Policy analysis

Target groups

Policymakers, Researchers, Unions, and NGOs/community groups/solidarity networks

Geographical focuses

Canada, Ontario, Alberta, México, Manitoba, Quebec, British Columbia, Other provinces, America - Central & Caribbeans, America - South, Federal, Guatemala, and Jamaica