Montréal in the Context of Trans-Atlantic Migration and Globalization


Debate about migration is at the top of the political agenda in countries around the world. Current global conflicts are focusing public attention on coping with the influx of newcomers, particularly in urban areas where migrants and refugees are settling. As cities face the challenges of accommodating immigrants, Montreal offers a model for harnessing diversity to help build a more inclusive, safe, sustainable and globally competitive city.

The Canada Institute and the Urban Sustainability Laboratory of the Wilson Center and the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research on Montreal (CIRM) of McGill University hosted a really interesting   discussion on Montreal, the second largest francophone city in the world, and its experience with immigrant integration and cultural diversity in an urban setting.

A panel of interdisciplinary scholars from McGill University offered a historical and contemporary examination of public policies, practices, and events that have shaped the social, political, and cultural landscape of Montreal. Panelists  identified some obstacles and challenges to immigrant integration in the Montreal context and shared the initiatives and projects in favor of a more inclusive and participatory city. This is the link to watch the session.

Welcoming Remarks:
Frederic Tremblay, Director, Quebec Government Office in Washington

Gorka Espiau, McConnell Professor of Practice, CIRM, McGill (Via Skype)
Stephan Gervais, Scientific Coordinator, CIRM, McGill
Mary-Anne Poutanen, Professor, Québec Studies, McGill Institute for the Study of Canada
Will Straw, Professor, Department of Art History and Communication Studies, McGill
Discussant: Derek Hyra, Associate Professor and Founding Director, Metropolitan Policy Center, American University
Moderator: Blair Ruble, Vice President for Programs, and Director, Urban Sustainability Laboratory, Wilson Center

This meeting has been made possible with generous support from the Ministère of International Relations and La Francophonie, Quebec Government.