Our History

As a leading independent non-profit think tank, the Migration Policy Group is committed to achieving lasting progress towards a more open and inclusive European society.

We pursue this mission through quality independent research, expert policy analysis, network building, advocacy, benchmarking and training.

Since our establishment in 1995, we have played a pivotal role in shaping European migration, integration and anti-discrimination policies and law - many original MPG initiatives have become established features of the European Union's legal and policy landscape.

We have consistently come up with innovative solutions based on sound research and extensive consultations. Examples range from our groundbreaking campaign for EU-wide anti-discrimination laws to our imaginative programmes and reports on migrant integration.

Working with partner organisations throughout Europe and beyond, we maintain durable relationships with activists and watchdogs, researchers, academics, opinion formers and policymakers.

To read a 12-page overview of MPG's activities from 1995-2010, click here to download The MPG Story - 15 years of strategic thinking on equality & mobility. You can also scroll down to see the list of our projects according to their original launch dates.

MPG Timeline

Projects Timeline:

January 2013

SIRIUS is an ambitious network that effectively wishes to transform the policy implementation on migration and education through the EU. A powerful communication strategy is required to achieve that.

December 2012

This 18-month project, funded by the European Fund for the Integration of Third-country Nationals, focuses on diversity in political parties’ programmes, organisation and representation. It builds on MPG’s previous work with political parties. In particular, MPG’s benchmarking tool on diversity within political parties will serve as the indicators framework in this new project.

December 2012

This project aims to describe, compare and assess the policies on immigration for employment (thus not for social, study and protection purposes) of the 27 Member States of the European Union.

October 2012

Identify and experiment anti-discrimination clauses in public contracts of local authorities.

January 2012

The European Commission selected the Migration Policy Group and its partners to organise a series of European reports and seminars around the new European indicators of migrant integration

December 2011

The main objective of the Project Promoting EU Non-discrimination and Equality standards in the programming and implementation of Structural Funds is to make proposals to the EU institutions for amendment of the regulatory framework of the Structural Funds with a view to reinforcing the implementation of the principle of non-discrimination and equality in the programming and implementation of Structural Funds, in particular towards Roma

November 2011

The Migration Policy Group's focus on family reunion aims to assist policymakers and stakeholders contribute to the European debate on family reunion

October 2011

Explore the links between acquisition of nationality and the integration processes and encourage effective measures for facilitating immigrants' access to citizenship in the EU

March 2011

Value Migration: What influences the transition from international student to highly skilled migrant? Analysing Europe's competitiveness in the retention of international students and graduates

January 2011

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

January 2011

MigNet is a network of independent legal practitioners in the field of immigration law

December 2010

The "Awareness-raising in the areas of non-discrimination and equality targeted at civil society organisations" project (ART project) aims to help strengthen the capacity of civil society organisations working on non-discrimination and equality by developing training materials and activities for 32 countries across Europe

December 2010

The research investigates whether four Central European countries - Latvia, Estonia, Poland and Bulgaria - are improving integration policy by opening opportunities for immigrants to participate in political and social life of the country

May 2010

MPG is undertaking a pilot project funded by the European Programme on Integration and Migration (EPIM) to assess the extent to which migrants’ voices are successfully heard at all levels of interaction with political parties (constituents, voters, activists, employees, and political candidates). A major output will be the development of benchmarks to help parties “practice what they preach” by mainstreaming diversity practices into party processes across the political spectrum

December 2009

A mapping of the legal, institutional and policy framework regarding anti-discrimination in Turkey and the Western Balkans

July 2009

MPG is assisting the European Foundation Centre in its initiative to advance leadership in diversity and inclusiveness in the foundation sector, funded by the American Express Foundation

March 2009

The Migration Policy Group has developed a tool to evaluate refugee integration policies in collaboration with UNHCR Budapest

December 2008

The ‘Diversity and Equality in European Cities’ project (DIVE) seeks to benchmark how municipalities use diversity and equality considerations when acting as policy-makers, employers, service providers and buyers of goods and services

June 2008

Building the EU Immigration Portal: The European Commission Web Portal on Immigration

The EU Immigration Portal serves as a first point of entry to reliable, practical and up-to-date information on immigration issues. It provides useful basic information written in user-friendly language, and gives rapid and direct access to relevant external websites for further details

July 2007

Awareness raising on Situation Testing methods.

MPG has co-published a handbook on Situation testing and is currently implementing a project on Situation Testing

June 2007

In a joint project, MPG and EPIM publish updated information on migration policies in the European Commission with a Guide to locating those policies in each of the Directorate Generals of the EC

December 2006

European Web Site on Integration: The European Commission's Portal for Information on Integration

The aim of the European Web Site on Integration is to help improve the effectiveness of integration policies and practices in the European Union by sharing successful strategies and supporting collaboration and cooperation

February 2006

Policies on integration and diversity in the OSCE: An exploratory study of some OSCE participating States prepared by MPG at the request of the OSCE

January 2006

Setting up a System of Benchmarking to Measure the Success of Integration Policies in Europe

January 2006

The INTI-CITIES project 'Benchmarking Integration Governance in European Cities' assesses integration policies in European cities using the method of peer reviews. The project will measure effectiveness against specific benchmarks and deliver expert-validated, comparative knowledge on local practices.

January 2005

The acquisition of nationality in the EU Member States: rules, practices and quantitative developments (NATAC)

July 2004

Training programmes and seminars on law, policy and good practice for government officials, city administrators, equality practitioners, trade unions, employer groups, judges and civil society organisations

July 2004

European Network of Independent Legal Experts in the Non-discrimination Field

March 2004

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

December 2003

Handbooks on Integration - for policy makers and practitioners

March 2003

European network to promote debate on migration policies and monitor developments in national migration policies

January 2003

Supplier Diversity Europe is establishing best-in class supply chain development programmes in Europe

January 2002

Equinet: European network of equality bodies

August 2001

Immigration and Asylum Law and Policy in Europe

The series, edited by Jan Niessen and Elspeth Guild, is a venue for books on European immigration and asylum law and policies where academics, policy makers, law practitioners and others look to find detailed analysis of this dynamic field.

January 2001

Implementation of European legal standards for anti-discrimination

August 2000

The Diversity Policies Network (DPN)

August 1999

Perspectives on migration, foreign relations and development

April 1999

Influencing legislation on immigration and asylum through the EC Treaty and EU legislation

January 1999

The European Journal of Migration and Law is a quarterly journal on migration law and policy with specific emphasis on the European Union, the Council of Europe and migration activities within the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe

February 1998

Article 13: A new challenge for European Institutions

A study of Article 13 of the Amsterdam Treaty

September 1996

The Charter of European political parties for a non-racist society appeals to the democratic political parties in the European Union to act responsibly concerning discrimination on the basis of race, ethnic or national origin, and religion.  This applies both with respect to the parties’ own organisation and to their interaction with the outside world

January 1996

Setting up of the European Network Against Racism

November 1995

Metropolis: An international forum for research and policy on migration and cities

March 1995

At the request of the Council of Europe, MPG contributed to the Review of Community Relations policies, an initiative which developed into another project on Diversity and Cohesion, both of which were supported by series of Roundtables

May 1994

Building on the findings of the Council of Europe Roundtables, MPG began to engage with businesses through a project on Comparative Approaches to Societal Integration in Europe which led into a study on the Socio-Economic Inclusion of Immigrants and Ethnic Minorities: Building new partnerships.
January 1990

The Starting Line Group was a coalition of more than 400 non-governmental actors, from across the European Union, active in the field of anti-discrimination

April 1985

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