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October 19, 2005
Global security and international migration discussed at Metropolis Conference
Today, at the 10th International Metropolis Conference, being held in Toronto
from Monday, October 17 to Friday, October 21, 1,000 delegates will hear from
world-wide experts on the impact of global security on borders, and the
progress of a new report from the Global Commission on International Migration.

From 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. this morning, four speakers from Australia, France,
the United States and Canada will discuss "Globalization and Security: Do
borders really matter?" What are the real and perceived threats from within our
borders and from beyond? Does migration control improve border controls?


Mariam Abou Zahab, Centre d'études et de recherches internationales (CERI),
Institute of Political Studies, France
John Tirman, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Center for International
Studies, United States
David Wright-Neville, Monash University, Australia
Edna Keeble, Cross-Cultural Roundtable on Security, Public Safety and Emergency
Preparedness, Canada

Moderator: Demetrios Papademetriou, Migration Policy Institute, United

From 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., the Global Commission on International Migration,
inspired by Kofi Annan, Secretary General of the United Nations will discuss
the progress and challenges of their soon-to-be-released report.


Sergio Marchi, Global Commission on International Migration, Canada
Aïcha Belarbi, Global Commission on International Migration, Morocco
Hania Zlotnik, United Nations Population Division, United States
Philip Martin, University of California at Davis, United States
Mahesh Arora, Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs, India

Moderator: Janice Charette, Citizenship & Immigration, Canada

The afternoon will include various workshops focusing on immigration issues.

This is the third day of the five-day conference with delegates from more than
45 countries. The City of Toronto, together with the Government of Canada,
Citizenship and Immigration, is hosting the conference.

For more information on the International Metropolis Conference, visit

Media Accreditation available: Press Room (704), Metro Toronto Convention
Centre, South Building

Media contact:

Cindy Bromley
Communications Manager
City of Toronto
(cell) 416-791-3167



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