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MIPEX, NIEM & EWSI cited by the District Court of The Hague

The District Court of The Hague has recently cited the European Website on Integration (EWSI), the Migrant Integration Policy Index (MIPEX) and the National Integration Evaluation Mechanism (NIEM) in an interlocutory ruling in two proceedings concerning Syrian families who received international protection in Bulgaria. 

As three projects in which MPG has played – and continues to play – a key role, MPG is proud to have provided data and evidence which is now being referenced in a court of law.  

In doing so, it emphasises the trust and reliability placed in MPG’s evidence-based research in the areas of migration, integration and anti-discrimination. 

Quoting EWSI, the ruling outlines how MIPEX is an important integration evaluation tool used in Bulgaria.  

Using the country’s ranking in MIPEX 2020 as a reference, it explains that the country guarantees migrants “equality only on paper”. 

The ruling also mentions that NIEM was a commonly used tool in Bulgaria from 2016 to 2022. 

The ruling refers to the NIEM results related to Bulgaria, specifically mentioning that it evaluated the effects of legislative and policy changes, provided evidence on gaps in integration policies and recognised promising practices in the country. 

Find the complete ruling here. 


About EWSI

The European Website on Integration (EWSI) is an initiative of the European Commission and falls under the responsibility of the Directorate-General Home Affairs and Migration.  

The website is the only EU-wide source bringing up-to-date information and good practices on migrant integration for policy makers and practitioners. The website is managed on a day-to-day basis by Migration Policy Group. 


MIPEX is a unique tool which measures policies to integrate migrants in 56 countries.

Learn more about MIPEX.

About NIEM

NIEM is a six-year-long project that measures refugee integration policies in 14 EU Member States and establishes a framework for evidence-based policy-making. Being the largest European integration project ever led by civil society, the European Commission and Polish government are supporting MPG and partners to monitor refugee integration from 2016 to 2021.

About the Migration Policy Group (MPG)

MPG is an independent think-and-do-tank based in Brussels. MPG’s purpose is rooted in its ability to inspire networks to provide evidence-based projects, research and campaigns in the areas of integration, migration and anti-discrimination.