How can we promote more welcoming communities and better integration of newcomers?
As the world faces the challenges of mass migration, inequality and xenophobia, an important conversation emerges around the models of pluralism that are working, and those that are in desperate need of innovation.
With a new initiative launching in Canada called 6 Degrees — a three day event promoting debate on these very issues — OpenCanada has brought together a diverse group of voices to further the discussion.
First, a cross section of speakers from 6 Degrees — from Naheed Nenshi to Ratna Omidvar —lists the policies they think should be supported and possibly replicated around the world.
Former Canadian High Commissioner to the UK Jeremy Kinsman asks whether Canadian and European models are a fair comparison.
Mexican journalist Luis Horacio Najera reflects on the many layers of Canadian society he encountered first as a refugee and now a new Canadian citizen.
Jennifer Welsh, former UN special adviser on the Responsibility to Protect and 2016 Massey lecturer, talks global and local responses.
Geoffrey Cameron explores religion and post-secularism.
Finally, Paul Heinbecker, Jacqueline Lopour, Andrew Thompson and James Milner call for an overhaul of the refugee system.