Metropolis in Milan

In 2015, Milan will host the Universal Exposition, Expo 2015, titled “Feeding the planet, energy for life”. As the 2014 International Metropolis conference takes place one year ahead, it is to introduce Expo 2015 and to emphasize the significance of movements of people in the early years of this new millennium. That is, movement of persons is a fact, a distinctive element of a henceforth international society. Despite the challenges posed by the management of such movements in terms of flows, integration or else social cohesion, the Metropolis project recognizes the opportunities diversity represents. Acknowledging the centrality and plurality of cultures, the conference wants to highlight the contribution in terms of energy and wealth that migrations bring about.

Welcome to Milan

The 2014 International Metropolis Conference will be held in the world capital of fashion and design: Milan. Over the last decades, Milan has also become the most multi-ethnic Italian city with more than 440 thousands migrants within its province. Two elements which make the conference not only a unique chance to deepen migration-related themes but also an opportunity to discover the treasures the city holds as well as the most beautiful places of Lombardy. During the five days of the conference, participants will have the possibility to enjoy organized guided visits and social events.


  • 16/10/2014

    Cultural Tours

    Find all the information regarding the 2014 Metropolis Cultural Tour for Monday 3 November. Registration opening in a few days!

  • 16/10/2014

    Social Events

    Find all the information regarding the social events for the 2014 Metropolis Conference. Registration opening in a few days.

  • 19/09/2014

    WORKSHOP: the Program is online.

    The preliminary schedule of the 86 Metropolis workshops is now available online at The workshop sessions will discuss various migration-related aspects, ranging from transnationalism to political participation, from economic integration to cultural diversity. They consist in high-level presentations followed by a question-and-answer time during which the attendees can clear their doubts. Register to the conference and take part in the discussion.

  • 18/09/2014

    Journalist Accreditation

    The journalists wishing to follow the Metropolis Conference 2014 can benefit from special accreditation fees for the 4th, 5th, 6th of November. Attendance for journalists is free for the 7th of November, day of the plenary on migrations and media and dedicated to a discussion on information and public opinion with respect to migrations, and social media (Rai News International journalist Monica Maggioni will chair the session; Folly Bah Thibault, journalist at Al Jazeera will be one of the speakers). As for November the 3rd, opening day of the Metropolis Conference, the ISMU Foundation will present its 20th Report on Migrations in a press conference at 10.30; all journalists are welcomed to attend for free. Click here in order to get the accreditation:

  • 16/07/2014

    Five days, eight plenaries

    Five days of conference, that is eight plenaries distributed in the mornings. High profile speakers (amongst whom Bill Swing, General Director of the International Organization for Migration) will reflect upon the most salient issues of contemporary migrations. Take a look at the complete list of themes and speakers at

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