Addition of Health Strand to the Migrant Integration Policy Index

The International Organization for Migration, the Migration Policy Group and the research network ADAPT workеd together to enrich the 2015 edition of the Migrant Integration Policy Index (MIPEX) with a new strand on health.

The Migrant Integration Policy Index (MIPEX) Health strand is a questionnaire designed to supplement the existing seven strands of the MIPEX, which in its latest edition (2015) monitors policies affecting migrant integration in 38 different countries. The questionnaire measures the equitability of policies relating to four issues: (A) migrants’ entitlements to health services; (B) accessibility of health services for migrants; (C) responsiveness to migrants’ needs; and (D) measures to achieve change. The work described in this report formed part of the EQUI-HEALTH project carried out by the International Organization for Migration from 2013 to 2016, in collaboration with the Migrant Policy Group (MPG) and COST Action IS1103 (Adapting European health services to diversity).

The Migrant Integration Policy Index (MIPEX) Health strand is an instrument for measuring the equitability of a country’s policies relating to the health of migrants. Many studies of migrant health policy have been carried out in the last two decades, but it is hard for research in this area to move forward because these studies have made different selections of countries, policy issues and categories of migrant. It has not been possible to combine the results of studies using such different concepts and methods