Immigrant Citizens Survey

Summary

The Immigrant Citizens Survey asks immigrants to assess their aspirations and needs for integration and then evaluate how effective policies are in meeting them. The pilot starts in Belgium, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Portugal, and Spain

Description

For policy actors to fully understand the integration process and their impact on it, they need to go beyond asking the general public and reach out to the beneficiaries of their policies and services themselves.

We know what the different laws and policies are across Europe (see the Migrant Integration Policy Index)—but we do not know which policies are working in practice and, above all, why or why not.

This knowledge gap can be overcome by a representative survey among non-EU immigrants— by directly asking about policy impact and by formulating the survey so that the results are comparable and easy-to-use by civil society.   

Immigrants as direct beneficiaries need to be asked questions on key integration areas: about their background; integration goals; awareness of current policy; trust in implementing actors; reasons for/against participation, levels of satisfaction; observed benefits; and recommendations.

Though integration is local, many policies are national and, increasingly, impacted by EU law and European trends. To evaluate which policies are improving integration, it is critically important to have data that is comparable between cities, between the local and national level, and between countries. 

This pilot survey builds on past work surveying immigrants, bringing together the most experienced national partners, following best practice, and providing new data in many areas of integration policy. 

It will launch the results in partnership with a national integration NGO, so that advocacy and policymaking organisations can better use the results of polling and consultation among immigrants.

The timing of this project is strategic for the emerging EU agenda on capturing immigrant perceptions and designing common reference indicators to evaluate integration policy.

As a result of this pilot, the voice of immigrants will be made large and representative enough to affect the formulation of integration (and immigration) policies in Europe.

This evidence base aims to:

  1. Increase knowledge of policy impact and immigrants’ experiences;
  2. Create more impactful policies and services with better integration outcomes for immigrants and diverse societies;
  3. Secure national and European-level interest in structural support of surveying immigrants.

Partners

Migration Policy Group (MPG, Belgium), High Commission for Immigration and Intercultural Dialogue (ACIDI, Portugal), Fundacion CIDOB (Spain), Centro de Investigaciones Sociológicas (CIS, Spain), Fondazione Ismu – Initiatives and Studies on Multiethnicity (Italy), University of Leicester (UK), Menedék Hungarian Association for Migrants, MTAKI (MTA Etnikai-nemzeti Kisebbségkutató Intézet, Hungary), Expert Council of German Foundations on Integration and Migration (SVR, Germany), Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB, Belgium), Fondation Nationale des Sciences Politiques (Science Po, France), France terre d’asile (France).

Co-funded by the European Commission, Oak Foundation, Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian and King Baudouin Foundation.