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A conference will look at the impact of migration and urbanisation on business and local government, with the Hague Process on Refugees and Migration.
THE impact of migration and the movement of refugees on the business community will be discussed at a conference to be held at the Joburg Theatre Complex on 28 and 29 June.


A migrant trader in YeovileA migrant trader in YeovilleThe theme of the conference is: “How to benefit from human mobility in reaching professional objectives”. It forms part of the first expert consultation for business and cities on migration and urbanisation.

It is being hosted by the City of Johannesburg in partnership with the Hague Process on Refugees and Migration, a global initiative to influence public policy on issues such as migration, asylum seekers and human trafficking.

According to the City’s spokesperson, Nthatisi Modingoane, the conference will identify migration issues of compelling interest to business and local government, while spelling out the differences in their perspectives.

“The discussions and outcomes of the conference are expected to have an impact on local policies and programmes relating to refugees and migrants and will also serve as an input to the 2011 global hearing on the issue,” said Modingoane.

National and international policymakers, academics, researchers and representatives from business and civil society will attend the conference. Other issues that will be discussed include current and future migration movements and global trends.

The conference will start at 8.30am on both days. For more information about the conference, contact Hilda Mkwanazi on 011 407 6675 or send an email to

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