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The intersection of business and migration will be explored at the International Metropolis Conference 2018 in Sydney, Australia.

The thought leaders and brightest minds of the migration sector from around the world will gather in Sydney in October to drive enterprise, innovation and social change at the International Metropolis Conference, the only international event to focus on migration, diversity and integration.

A hot topic will be the relationship between business, employment and migration policies.

Among an array of global thinkers and agitators fuelling debates on migration will be General Secretary of the International Trade Union Confederation, Sharan Burrow; Chief Executive of Australian Industry Group (Ai Group), Innes Willox; and University of Technology Sydney Professor Jock Collins.

Leading labour rights campaigner and reformer Sharan Burrow will talk about the contributions of migrants, often overlooked in geopolitical relations, that have underpinned significant industry growth all over the world.

Ms Burrow says migrants make significant economic contributions due to their capacity to adapt, often inspired by wanting a better life.

According to research from the International Organisation for Migration, migrants make up 3.5% of the world’s population, yet contribute 9% to global wealth, measured in Gross Domestic Product (GDP) terms.

Innes Willox, head of the Ai Group, a leading industry organisation representing businesses in a broad range of sectors, and Chair of the Migration Council of Australia, will join a panel to discuss the benefits and downsides of temporary labour migration to destination countries like Australia.

Leading researcher Professor Jock Collins will explore start-ups and small enterprises and ways to accelerate the innovative and entrepreneurial spirit of migrants and refugees to help them achieve strong social and economic integration.

Prof. Collins will be joined by other experts in migration, diversity and integration from the UK, Belgium, USA, Canada and Australia, who will debate the latest research, challenges and successes from across the globe.

Metropolis 2018 is hosted by Telstra Business Woman of the Year, Violet Roumeliotis, CEO of Settlement Services International, the Australian Multicultural Foundation and Multicultural NSW.

Ms Roumeliotis said Metropolis 2018 will provide an invaluable platform to educate and disseminate the accurate data of business and migration in the 21st century.

“Greater geographic mobility of workers, resulting from increased globalisation of investment, production and distribution is transforming societies and economies.

“Our line-up of local and international speakers for the Enterprise, Innovation and Employment session will explore contemporary migration policies, global contracting chains, rapidly changing global business models, and how migrants can negotiate long-held notions of labour market segmentation to create new perceptions of what is possible.

“Attendees will see the emerging opportunities for business, the public sector and trade unions to play a stronger role in integration and how the benefits of migration can be maximised for social and economic gains,” Ms Roumeliotis said.

The International Metropolis Conference 2018 will be held at the International Convention Centre (ICC) Sydney: 29 October – 2 November 2018.

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