[URBANTH-L] CFP: Skilled Migrant Networks and their Impact on INtegration in Host Countries

Angela Jancius jancius3022 at comcast.net
Wed Sep 24 23:30:22 EDT 2008

CFP: Skilled Migrant Networks and their Impact on Integration in Host Countries

11th Metropolis National Conference
19-22 March 2008
Calgary, Alberta

Amidst a growing literature on skilled migration, scholars have increasingly
focused on different types of social networks to understand why migrants are
attracted to various places and also what their experiences have been of
assimilating and integrating into host countries.  However, there have been
relatively few attempts to construct a conceptual framework incorporating
different types of migrant social networks to advance our understanding of
how these relationships impact on migrant integration and retention. This
presentation workshop aims to formulate such a conceptual framework and
suggest some policy recommendations to facilitate migrant integration. In so
doing, this workshop bridges the following three Priority Areas of the
Metropolis Project:
- Citizenship and social, cultural and civic integration
- Economic and labour market integration
- Welcoming communities

We invite papers that focus on migration experiences at the local, regional
and national levels. Contributions from a range of disciplines addressing
any of, but not exclusive to, the following themes would be welcomed:

- Expatriate or sending state networks in host countries
- Transnational or cross-regional social networks
- Economic, social and cultural impacts of migrants on host countries
- Assimilation and integration of skilled migrants 
- Relationships between governments and citizens

Please send expressions of interests or abstracts (about 150 words) to Will
Harvey (will.harvey at ubc.ca) or Elaine Ho (elaine.ho at ubc.ca) by 10 November 2008.

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