"Integration through Qualification (IQ)"

The Network IQ at the 2019 International Metropolis Conference

24 - 28 June 2019, Ottawa, Canada


In a series of thematically diverse workshops, representatives of the Network IQ have partnered up with experts, policymakers and practitioners from other countries. Each of these workshops discusses a specific area of intervention that is key to economic and social inclusion of newcomers. 

This is a brief overview of the IQ workshops’s topics: 

Tuesday 25 June




“(Highly) skilled labour migration: selective immigration policies and skills shortages”

• IQ Competence Centre for Immigration  - Johannes Remy

• European Migration Network (EMN) - Netherlands - Maren Stegink

• European Migration Network (EMN) – Sweden – Bernd Parusel 

• New American Economy - USA - Dan Wallace



“Health workforce migration to OECD "Magnet Countries" - Trends and Issues in Canada, Australia and Germany”

• WES Canada Shamira Madhany

• IQ Network Bavaria, MigraNet - Stephan Schiele

• University of Melbourne - Leslyanne Hawthorne

• McMaster University – Alexia Olaizola



“Making skilled migration work through innovative support structures”

• IQ Competence Centre for Advice and Job Training - Evelien Willems

• Recognition-in-Germany - Online Information Portal, BIBB, Julia Lubjuhn

• Department of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) - Corinne Prince St-Amand (Director General for Settlement and Integration Policy Branch)

• Information and Communications Technology Council (ICTC) - Sandra Saric

• Norwegian Agency for Quality Assurance in Education (NOKUT) - Silje Molander



“Integration to go” - The use of digital technology in the integration process”

• IQ Competence Centre for Work-Related German Language - Karin Ransberger

• IQ Network Bavaria, MigraNet - Stephan Schiele

• World Education Service WES, Toronto - Gabe Vasquez

• Refugee 613 Canada - Louisa Taylor



“Employment success for low-to-mid skilled newcomers”

• Linda Manning, Intercultural Economist

• Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs, Germany - Jürgen Schröder

• Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) – Senior Director Tim Foran

• Manager Pearl Hystad

• Calgary Immigrant Women's Association – Manager Jenny Krabbe

• Alexandra Ross

• Senior Learning Advisor Joyce Akl

• OCISO Program Manager Karyn Steer

Wednesday 26 June




“Network Effect: Learn how local networks support immigrant employment outcomes in Germany, Canada and the US”

• IQ Network Thuringia Dana Wunderlich

• Welcoming America USA - Vanja Pantic-Oflanzoglu

• Hire Immigrants, Canada - Ian Hartlin

• Moderator: Hire Immigrants Kanada - Devon Franklin



“Labour Market Integration of Refugee Newcomer Women from the perspective of Canada, Turkey and Germany”

• IQ Competence Centre for Immigration  - Johannes Remy

• Turkish German University Istanbul - Murat Erdogan

• IRCC Canada - Magali Stretch

• Social Research and Demonstration Cooperation, Canada -Zinaida Foltin


Canada-Germany Symposium: 

“Skilled Migration and Labour Market Integration: What do Canada and Germany Have in Common?”

• Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs, Germany - Jürgen Schröder

• Federal Employment Agency, Germany – Michael van der Cammen

• Institute for Employment Research, Germany - Regina Konle-Seidl 

• IRCC Canada - Patrick Mc Evenue 

• Foreign Credential Recognition Program at Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) - Director Julie Tousignant

• Carleton University, Canada - Prof. Geiger

• University of British Columbia, Canada - Prof. Hiebert

• Moderator: Howard Duncan – Canada

• Organizers: IQ Network Bavaria, MigraNet – Anne Gueller - Frey; Metropolis Canada –Mikhaela Vieru


“Exploring Current and Emerging Approaches to Assessing Migrants’ Credentials and Competencies”

• IQ Network Bavaria, MigraNet  – Anne Gueller – Frey

• IQ Network Bavaria, MigraNet – Stephan Schiele

• WES Canada

• VETASSESS Australia

• Chamber of Commerce Canada



“Creating and understanding an inclusive workplace”

• IQ Competence Centre for Immigration  - Johannes Remy

• Howard Duncan – Canada

• Hire Immigrants - Canada - Kelly McGahey

• Carleton University - Canada - Vivi Hui Zhang

• Talent Innovation, Information and Communications Technology Council - Canada - Sandra Saric

• IRCC Canada - Sophia Ahmaad



“Cultural competence: Models and practices from Europe and Canada for building global talents and inclusive society”

• IQ Competence Centre for Intercultural Opening and Anti-Discrimination – Tina Lachmayr

• CCIS (Calgary Catholic Immigration Society) - Sinela Jurkova

Thursday 27 June



“Immigrant Integration at Eye Level: The diverse role of Migrant Organizations and Networks”

• IQ Network Hamburg - Sonja Basjmeleh

• European Migration Network -  Austria - Maria-Alexandra Bassermann

• Refugee Career Jumpstart Project Canada (RCJP) - Mustafa Alio

• WeLinkSweden - Hugo Ortíz Dubón

• Moderator: MUT IQ/ebb - Fabienne Braukmann

All IQ workshop convenors warmly thank their workshop partners for having shared their expertise, and for intensive and thought-provoking discussions!

About the Network IQ

The Network "Integration through Qualification (IQ)" is a programme aimed at improving the employment prospects of immigrants in Germany. It was established in 2005 and is currently funded by the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (BMAS) and the European Social Fund (ESF). In almost 400 projects all around Germany, the Network IQ offers a wide range of specialist support services. Its counselling points on credential recognition help skilled immigrants get their foreign diplomas and certificates recognized, thus allowing them to find a job that is in line with their abilities and aspirations. The Network IQ’s training courses provide migrants and refugees with tailored opportunities for upskilling and reskilling in several occupations. Additionally, the Network IQ supports public service providers (such as employment agencies) as well as private employers by developing intercultural openness and diversity strategies.

To get a simple overview of our main goals, structure, and everyday work, you may want to have a look at our factsheet “Network IQ in figures

Or are you more of a visual person? Then we think you will enjoy our short Network IQ explanatory film!