Migrant Integration Policy Index

Summary

The Migrant Integration Policy Index is a unique long-term project which evaluates and compares what governments are doing to promote the integration of migrants in all EU Member States and 4 non-EU countries.

MIPEX III results available at www.mipex.eu

Description

What is MIPEX?

Thanks to the relevance and rigour of its indicators, the MIPEX has been recognised as a common quick reference guide across Europe.

Policymakers, NGOs, researchers, and European and international institutions are using its data not only to understand and compare national integration policies, but also to improve standards for equal treatment.

Building on its ongoing success, the MIPEX project is entering its third edition with a new policy strand and additional indicators.

The MIPEX is a unique tool which measures policies to integrate migrants in all EU Member States and Norway, Switzerland, Canada and the USA. 148 policy indicators have been developed to create a rich, multi-dimensional picture of migrants' opportunities to participate in society.

What's new?

The fully interactive MIPEX III results are available at www.mipex.eu

MIPEX play with the dataThe third and latest edition adds a new policy strand on migrant education policy as well as additional indicators on implementation and the rights of third-country national workers.  Bulgaria and Romania are included ensuring that all current EU Member States are covered in the assessment, as well as Canada, Norway, Switzerland and the USA.

The new and updated data from MIPEX III builds the capacity of policymakers and stakeholders across Europe to use the indicators to evaluate integration policymaking.  The project:

  • Focuses on the outcomes of policy changes
  • Brings together key national stakeholders and walks them through the process of using indicators to make prospective impact assessments of policy change
  • Presents a joined-up approach to indicators for effective policy evaluation
  • Makes it easier for policy actors, especially migrant organisations, to use the indicators themselves

The data was be collected and analysed in 2010 with a cut-off date of 31 May 2010.  From February to June 2011 the MIPEX was used to stimulate debates at expert policy conferences and seminars in 28 countries across Europe, the US and Canada. The results are published in print and on an interactive website at www.mipex.eu.

What are the objectives of MIPEX?

MIPEX aims to improve migrant integration policies in Europe by providing objective, accessible and comparable data for scrutiny and debate. Immigration is a fact of life for every country in the European Union. All of Europe's residents will benefit from cohesive, open societies in which migrants and citizens alike have opportunities to participate and contribute. Governments create the political and legal frameworks for migrants to participate alongside citizens and, in time, to become citizens themselves. It is therefore vital that the integration policies of European governments are scrutinised and monitored.

MIPEX is intended as a ‘mirror' that can be held up to EU Member States for them to see how they are performing on migrant integration policy. Of course, government efforts alone cannot achieve integration. Local communities, civil society and individual migrants all have a role to play. MIPEX offers a platform for a fact-based debate between all of these actors on integration policy in Europe.

How does MIPEX work?

MIPEX covers seven policy areas which shape a migrant's journey to full citizenship:

  • Labour market access
  • Family reunion
  • Long-term residence
  • Political participation
  • Access to nationality
  • Anti-discrimination
  • Education

Best practice for each policy indicator is set at the highest European standard, drawn from Council of Europe Conventions or European Community Directives. Where these are only minimum standards, European-wide policy recommendations are used. Since policies are measured against the same standards across all Member States, MIPEX is a ‘benchmarking' tool to compare performance.

Who produces MIPEX?

MIPEX is led by the British Council and Migration Policy Group, and produced by a consortium of 30 organisations. Amongst them are universities, research institutes, think-tanks, foundations, NGOs and equality bodies.

What happens to the results from MIPEX II?

The results from the second edition of MIPEX II which took place in 2006-2008 are all stored on the www.mipex.eu website.  Here you can find the full data, as well as the final reports in the archives section.  These results feed into the third edition of the project to provide an extra dimension to the data with a longitudinal view of differences over time. To learn more about the impact of the second edition of the MIPEX, click here: The Migrant Integration Policy Index – influencing policy, shaping debate.

When were the previous editions of MIPEX released?

The first edition of MIPEX was published in 2004 and the second edition was released in 2007. MIPEX will be produced biennially to track the progress of integration policies in Europe over time.