5. Metropolis research program

May 2001
Whereas:
  1. CCR brings together NGOs active and involved in the 4 Metropolis Centres of Excellence (Vancouver, Prairies, Toronto, Montreal and soon the Atlantic);
  2. Metropolis (Canada) is proposing a national research program aimed at developing immigration policies and programs for the coming 6 years;
  3. The proposed research priorities question the role of community organizations serving refugees and immigrants and will affect the areas of activity of NGOs;
  4. Metropolis relies on the support and participation of NGOs in the processes; of consultation, adoption and implementation of a national research program;
  5. The current Metropolis proposal deals mainly with immigration as an economic and competitive issue  and gives undue priority to public security and criminality aspects of immigration;
  6. The Metropolis proposal marginalizes the role and responsibility of the  host society in settling newcomers and fails to take into account the reception and settlement of refugees;
Therefore be it resolved:

That the CCR:

  1. Call on Metropolis Canada to amend their proposal to take account of a broader concept of settlement and integration of refugees and immigrants and include priorities concerning protection issues;
  2. Establish an ad hoc task group to develop a common NGO position in response to the Metropolis proposal, notably on the terms of participation in Metropolis bodies and activities and reiterate our call to provide a mechanism and resources to facilitate the participation of community organizations serving immigrants and refugees.

5. Metropolis: international and national research project on migration

May 1999
Whereas:
  1. The fundamental value of the Metropolis project is to provide research results, which are rooted in reality, to assist governments in making policies;
  2. Community organizations serving immigrants and refugees have a role as legitimate and necessary partners along with academic researchers and government policy-makers;
  3. Community organizations serving immigrants and refugees can play an important role in connecting with immigrants and refugees, in identifying policy relevance and in articulating the concrete relevance of research to current and potential funders;
Therefore be it resolved:

That the CCR write to the Metropolis Secretariat and all Canadian national Metropolis centres urging Metropolis to:

  1. Partner with the settlement sector in organizing a seminar highlighting research done by NGOs;
  2. Provide mechanisms to facilitate the development of a network of NGOs, including community organizations serving immigrants and refugees, from the participating Metropolis countries;
  3. Commit to helping community organizations serving immigrants and refugees participate by encouraging government and universities to provide funding for their meaningful participation, including national and international conferences;
  4. Develop an effective process for the three partners, that is, government, academics and community organizations serving immigrants and refugees, to translate research results to policy change, and from policy change to policy implementation;
  5. Enable newcomers themselves to be meaningful partners with government, academics and community organizations serving immigrants and refugees, and not just research subjects.