SBS partners with Metropolis Conference to bring global migration debate to Australians

SBS is set to bring the International Metropolis Conference to Australians from today until Friday, 2 November. Read the News Release here (PDF).

Monday, 29 October 2018

News Release

SBS is set to bring the International Metropolis Conference to Australians from today until Friday, 2 November. As the conference's media partner, SBS's News and Radio teams will be reporting from Sydney's International Convention Centre throughout the week.

Now in its 23rd year, the International Metropolis Conference provides a unique platform for experts from around the world to come together to debate, discuss and critique current policies related to migration, diversity and integration.

SBS News and multilingual radio services will be broadcasting live, interviewing key Australian and international academics, practitioners and community representatives, focusing on key conference topics including employment, mobility, diversity and equality.

Mandi Wicks, Director Audio & Language Content for SBS said, "SBS Radio has been bringing Australia's diverse and migrant communities the news and information that matter to them for more than 40 years. Metropolis is one of the largest international conferences of its kind and we look forward to sharing the many perspectives from global experts and engaging audiences through SBS Radio's 68 language services." 

Many SBS Radio journalists, including those from SBS Arabic24, the Vietnamese, Spanish, Mandarin, Greek and Hindi language services as well as NITV Radio, will be reporting daily from a dedicated 'media hub' at the conference, sharing valuable insights and commentary. Live interviews with international and local delegates speaking at the conference will provide a unique perspective into the global debate around migration.

Violet Roumeliotis, CEO of Settlement Services International, a host of the Metropolis Conference said, "We have an exceptional line-up of international speakers from around the world, together with those with lived experience centre-stage at Metropolis 2018. SBS is an incredibly valuable partner as they will help us share a range of perspectives from those impacted by issues related to migration, as we aim to inspire and agitate debate on what we want for the future of our communities." 

The annual international event will bring together 1,000 migration and policy experts from Australia and around the world as well as academics and community leaders at a time when migration continues to be a complex issue internationally.  

The International Metropolis Conference 2018 will be held at the International Convention Centre (ICC) Sydney: 29 October — 2 November 2018.

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