Immigrant Inclusion: Governance Dilemmas Then, Now, and in the Next Two Decades


Wednesday, October 27, 2010, 4:10pm to 5:30pm


124 Mount Auburn, Suite 200-North, Room 226, Cambridge, MA

Demetrios PapademetriouDemetrios Papademetriou, Migration Policy Institute

About the Seminar
The international migration system now implicates practically every country. The only projection one can make about the next two decades is that there will be more, rather than less, such migration. What is less certain is where most of the additional growth will take place – with middle-income countries being good candidates for much of that growth. But if the future is a bit uncertain, today’s reality is not: Wealthy countries have absorbed most of the growth in international migration for the past three decades.

This lecture will explore whether this is likely to continue or we have reached an “inflection point” on the type, direction, and size of migration, at least as far as the wealthy countries are concerned. It will then focus on the fundamental ways that recent migration has challenged the way receiving societies have organized themselves to incorporate the newcomers and their offspring. News headlines across the developed world attest to the simple fact that many receiving countries are asking themselves whether their immigrant inclusion strategies are working and, more fundamentally, whether incorporation/inclusion policies and the institutions created to deliver these policies are adequate and appropriate for the realities of today and the near future. This lecture will lay out a typology of responses, discuss their evolution, and explore their likely direction as today’s policies and institutional responses prove lees and less adequate to the task.

About Demetrios Papademetriou
Demetrios G. Papademetriou is the president and co-founder of the Migration Policy Institute (MPI), a Washington-based think tank dedicated exclusively to the study of international migration. He is also the convener of the Transatlantic Council on Migration and its predecessor, the Transatlantic Task Force on Immigration and Integration (co-convened with the Bertelsmann Stiftung). The Council is composed of senior public figures, business leaders, and public intellectuals from Europe, the United States, and Canada. Dr. Papademetriou is also the co-founder and International Chair Emeritus of Metropolis: An International Forum for Research and Policy on Migration and Cities. He also serves as chair of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Migration.

Dr. Papademetriou holds a Ph.D. in comparative public policy and international relations (1976) and has taught at the universities of Maryland, Duke, American, and New School for Social Research. He has held a wide range of senior positions that include: chair of the Migration Committee of the Paris-based Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD); director for Immigration Policy and Research at the U.S. Department of Labor and Chair of the Secretary of Labor’s Immigration Policy Task Force; and executive editor of the International Migration Review.

Dr. Papademetriou has published more than 250 books, articles, monographs, and research reports on migration topics and advises senior government and political party officials in more than 20 countries, including numerous European Union Member States while they hold the rotating EU presidency. His most recent books include Immigration Policy in the Federal Republic of Germany: Negotiating Membership and Remaking the Nation (co-author, 2010); Gaining from Migration: Towards a New Mobility System, OECD Development Center (co-author, 2007); Immigration and America's Future: A New Chapter (2006, co-author); Europe and its Immigrants in the 21st Century: A New Deal or a Continuing Dialogue of the Deaf? (2006, editor and author); Secure Borders, Open Doors: Visa Procedures in the Post-September 11 Era (2005, co-author), NAFTA’s Promise and Reality (2003, co-author), America’s Challenge: Domestic Security, Civil Liberties, and National Unity after September 11 (2003, co-author); and Caught in the Middle: Border Communities in an Era of Globalization (2001, senior editor and co-author).

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