Netherlands Institute for Social Research: Measuring & monitoring immigrant integration in Europe

The lack of a systematic approach to immigration and integration policy means that Lithuania has not developed a set of indicators for monitoring migrant integration. Only a few attempts to establish migrant integration monitoring systems can be identified. Finally, it should be stressed that when analysing the migrant integration monitoring system in Lithuania, only comparative tools (or indicators) that are available in all countries of the EU can be used (e.g. mipex 2007, 2010); more elaborate monitoring tools are inconsistent...
Finally, an exercise aimed at the general monitoring of Polish migration and integrationpolicy at EU level within the project financed by the European Commission entitled ‘Migrant Integration Policy Index (mipex)’ should be mentioned. Its purpose is tomeasure policies to integrate migrants. In 2010 in an overall ranking based on 148 indicators grouped in seven integration policy areas, Poland achieved 24th position out of 31 countries examined. Polish integration policy with respect to immigrants wasthe most favourable in the domain of ‘family reunion’ (10th position) and ‘long-termresidence’ (10th position) and least favourable in the fields of ‘political participation’(next to last position), ‘anti-discrimination’(27th position) and ‘education’ (21st position)(Huddleston et al. 2011)...
Legal changes and integration policy developments have often been justified on the basis of the way in which political parties politicise integration and European directives, and not so much of hard statistical facts. Hence, although Portuguese integration policy is proving to be very consistent and is among the best in international comparisons (mipex 2011 and undp 2009), migration data collection is still very poor and does not allow comprehensive assessment of immigrants’ integration or effective monitoring of the impact of the policies developed.
Alternative ideas of anti-racism and then multiculturalism and then diversity and equality became more prominent in the political field, while academics increasingly turned to notions of acculturation and pluralism, and then hybridity and transnationalism...This has led to the uk performing fairly well in the mipex index of integration policies, which ranked Britain’s policies on long-term residence, access to nationality and in particular anti-discrimination measures as fairly close to best practice; on anti-discrimination, the uk scores fourth of 31 countries. And it has led to much of the literature describingBritain as having a ‘multiculturalist’ model, meaning a model that positively respects and promotes minority cultural identity and difference...Despite Ager and Strang’s sophisticated framework, and the examples of its takeup,there has been no effort to build from the framework towards the creation of a systematic monitor of migrant integration. Nor, as the mipex reports note, does thestate set national policy targets to further integration...Read more


New results of MIPEX

We are pleased to announce that the new results of MIPEX (2014-2020) will be published by the end of 2020. MIPEX 2020 will include 52 European and non-European countries: Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, EU28, India, Japan, Mexico, US and much more. Stay tuned!