Category Archives: France

Ceci n’est pas un test? “Non, peut-être…”

Written by Thomas Huddleston, MIPEX Research Coordinator, Co-author and Policy Analyst, Migration Policy Group

Divided Belgian lawmakers make ‘citizens-to-be’ face new round of questioning by police about their integration, despite past findings of unequal treatment

Since the 2000 reform, researchers at the OECD and Antwerp University have found that becoming Belgian has helped immigrants become better integrated in the labour market.

But as MIPEX III went to print, Belgium’s Naturalisation Committee voted new internal guidelines. Using the “Improve Your Score” function, I assessed the prospective impact of these guidelines on immigrants’ path to Belgian citizenship. According to this assessment, the reintroduced language and integration checks are unfavourable for promoting integration. This finding will seem counter-intuitive to those who do not know how naturalisation works (or does not work) in Belgium.

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France: least favourable, most contradictory policies of major migration countries

Written by Thomas Huddleston, MIPEX Research Coordinator, Co-author and Policy Analyst, Migration Policy Group

Last week, I presented the MIPEX results for France, a country pushed in opposite directions. Overall, France scores 51 out of 100, which is 1 point below the EU average, and ranks 15th, which puts it behind Canada, Spain, the United States, Italy, Germany, the United Kingdom, even Denmark. Continue reading

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