Institute of Baltic Studies (IBS) was a partner in the project “Integration policies: Who benefits? The development and use of indicators in integration debates” led by the Barcelona Centre for International Affairs (CIDOB), and the Migration Policy Group (MPG). The project aimed to inform and engage key policy actors about how to use indicators to improve integration governance and policy effectiveness. The main objectives of the project were:

  • To identify and measure integration outcomes, integration policies, and other contextual factors that can impact policy effectiveness;
  • To describe the real and potential beneficiaries of policies in seven key areas, namely employment, education, political participation, access to nationality, family reunification, long-term residence, and anti-discrimination.
  • To collect and analyse high-quality evaluations of integration policy effects.

The key research outputs will be an interactive website building on the successful MIPEX website and an E-book presenting all the data through easy-to-use country profiles, analysis, and databases. Migrant Integration Policy Index (MIPEX) is a unique tool which measures policies to integrate migrants. 167 policy indicators have been developed to create a rich, multi-dimensional picture of migrants’ opportunities to participate in society. The index is a useful tool to evaluate and compare what governments are doing to promote the integration of migrants in all the countries analysed.

The new edition (MIPEX2015) includes information on 38 countries: all EU Member States, Australia, Canada, Iceland, Japan, South Korea, New Zealand, Norway, Switzerland, Turkey and the USA. It analyses 8 policies areas of integration: labour market mobility, education of children, political participation, family reunion, access to nationality, health (new policy area), permanent residence and anti-discrimination.