Local Employment and Economic Development (LEED Programme)

Conference on From Immigration to Integration: Lessons Drawn from Local Responses, New York City, 15 December 2005


This event was jointly organised by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and the OECD LEED Programme.  This conference focused on what is being done in the United States and in different OECD countries at the local level for the integration of immigrants into the labor market (see the programme).

The objective was to share and disseminate an understanding of effective policies, and to discuss possible ways to improve local practices. An exchange of views took place among the main stakeholders —policymakers, practitioners, employers, unions and civil society organizations— to feed the analytical work of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, the OECD and the multiple U.S. stakeholders.

The findings of the LEED Study on Local Integration of Immigrants into the Labour Market (LIILM) were made available as background for discussion. This Study analyses the economic and social policies to foster labour market or overall social integration of immigrants and of persons of immigrant descent in host countries.  Five countries are participating in the project: Canada, Italy, Spain, Switzerland and UK. 

Participants included directors of major US workforce training programmes, community development organisations, unions, foundations and community colleges, as well as academics, and state and local political leaders. Ms. Emily DeRocco, US Assistant Secretary of Labor, delivered a keynote speech.

For more information, please contact Ms. Francesca Froy

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