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30 / 08 / 2004
Immigration is the key topic of the forum dialogue on human movements

The World Congress on Human Movements and Immigration will bring together some 1,500 delegates from all over the world to assess the effects of migration flows and think of new ways to address these issues in a global and efficient way

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The Forum’s upcoming dialogue will focus on immigration from September 2 to 5 with the “World Congress on Human Movements and Immigration: A Challenge for the 21st Century,” which will be inaugurated by the President of the Catalan Autonomous Government, Pasqual Maragall, and also count on the participation of Andreu Claret, dialogue director and Director of the Institut Europeu de la Mediterrània (IEMed),.

The congress, convened by IEMed and the Universal Forum of Cultures Barcelona 2004, aims at understanding the realities of human movements and immigration, two phenomena that are not addressed in an efficient way or with a holistic approach. The dialogue will contribute to present ideas to foster debate and as a framework for public policymakers.

Writer Juan Goytisolo, keynote speaker of the opening session of the dialogue, will participate along with political figures, social players and representatives of organizations worldwide, who will contribute with their insights. 1,500 participants ranging from researchers, officers of international institutions, governments officials and non-governmental organizations’ representatives, alongside delegates of the private sector and international media groups are expected to take part.

The dialogue, which will begin on Wednesday, is divided into three main topics: transformation (understood as he impact of the knowledge and information society on migration flows); cultural diversity (with specific attention to the new relations established between different communities, identities, territories and cultures); and justice (given the social and economic contrasts and the different levels of access to goods resulting from migration flows).

The dialogue “Human Movements and Immigration” will be held around four plenary sessions with 150 speakers. It will also organize 24 dialogues or round tables of varied formats to debate and enable the exchange of experiences between the different international delegates.

Additionally, the sessions entitled “I am also an immigrant” will feature prominent figures in the field of the arts, science, sports or business who will tell their experience as immigrants.

Finally, the four regional sessions focused on Africa, America, Asia-Pacific and Europe will deal with the effects of human movements in different migration zones of the world, and will be complemented with experiential workshops that report on international experiences aimed at further networking.