17/12/2009

Summary

The Migrant Integration Policy Index (MIPEX) has stimulated debates, informed high-level reports and been used for civil society action on migrant integration policy across Europe

Description

Migration Integration Policy IndexSince its launch in 2008, the second edition of the Migrant Integration Policy Index (MIPEX) has been referenced in several high-level reports including the Council of Europe’s policy recommendations on measures to improve the democratic participation of migrants and the Fundamental Rights Agency’s annual report citing the MIPEX as an example of a complementary socio-legal information source.

The MIPEX has been used in a variety of situations and by a variety of stakeholders, from the UK’s House of Lords to non-governmental and church organisations and the media using comparable data to influence and inform debate.

The MIPEX has caught the attention of governments, NGOs, researchers, the media and even banks, successfully providing factual information to enhance policy debates, studies and action in the field of migrant integration. Keeping track of its impact across Europe, a selection of its uses are highlighted below.

Endorsements
Endorsements have come from government-level across Europe including at the House of Lords in the UK, Ministers from Norway and the President of the Republic of Slovenia:

“We shall, of course, take account of its findings as we determine the future direction of our policies on integration, and we will continue to encourage newcomers” Lord West of Spithead, Home Office Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, in a House of Lords debate on MIPEX

“A successful attempt to measure a number of indicators and allow the judgment on the level of achievement in the area of integration policies…a remarkable level of sophistication.” Danilo Türk, President of Slovenia

“The study confirms that it is necessary to have a continuing focus on integration.” Bjarne Hakon Hanssen, Norwegian Minister of Labour and Social Inclusion

Examples of MIPEX data being used in reports and meetings include by:

  • The Council of Europe’s Parliamentary Assembly, Congress of Local and Regional Authorities, and Conference of Ministers responsible for Migration Affairs
  • The OSCE’s Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights
  • The European Commission Against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI)
  • Eurofound’s European Working Conditions Observatory
  • The European Commission
  • The OECD
  • The EU Fundamental Rights Agency and its RAXEN network
  • The Churches’ Commission for Migrants in Europe
    Freedom House
  • The European Network against Racism, particularly in the Shadow Reports
  • The UNDP in the 2009 Human Development Report
  • The Global Forum on Migration and Development’s Civil Society Days
  • The IOM’s 2010 World Migration Report
  • The ILO’s Good Practices Database
  • The Center for American Progress
  • The Allianz Bank
  • The Austrian National Bank
  • The German government forum of demographers
  • Eurostat/UN Economic Commission for Europe
  • The Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • and many others.

Inspiring civil society action
The MIPEX data has been used by civil society to make assessments of proposed legislation on migrant integration, examples include the UK’s Runnymede Trust  and Ireland’s Cross Care Migrant Project.

Stimulating debate via the media
The media across Europe has also increased attention on the MIPEX with national newspapers concentrating on their country ratings, helping to spread fact-based information to inform national debates. 

MIPEX in 2010
The Migration Policy Group, in partnership with the British Council and national partners are delighted to announce that the MIPEX project will be expanding into its third edition next year. To read more, click here: MIPEX extends to 3rd edition in 2010

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