This conference was part of a longer meeting for a range of international scholars, to develop the first large database of immigration and naturalisation policies, the International Migration Policy and Law Analysis Database (IMPALA).

This event was designed to share more broadly the benefits of bringing these experts to Australia. It showcased the recent work or thinking of a range of international scholars, discussing three key areas of immigration policy: skilled migration (and the balance with family migration); refugees and humanitarian flows; and integration, settlement and citizenship.

Panellists and speakers included:

Selecting the Best

  • Professor Georg Borjas, Harvard University
  • Professor Michel Beine, University of Luxembourg
  • Mark Cully, Chief Economist, Department of Immigration and Citizenship
  • Professor Deborah Cobb‐Clark, Director of the Melbourne Institute

Manufactured Crises: The politics of asylum and detention

  • Peter Hughes PSM, Former Deputy Secretary, Department of Immigration and Citizenship
  • Professor Mary Crock, Professor of Public Law, The University of Sydney
  • Dr Eiko Thielemann, London School of Economics and Political Science.

Managing Integration: Settlement and anti‐immigrant sentiment

  • Professor Jennifer Hochschild, Harvard University
  • Professor Michael Hiscox, Harvard University
  • Professor Murray Goot, Macquarie University

This event was presented by the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney, in collaboration with Harvard University and the Faculties of Law and Arts and Social Sciences at the University of Sydney.