Presentation of the international results from the “Integration Policies: Who Benefits?” project (MIPEX2015)

MIGRATIONS - Jul 3, 2015

Academics, experts, civil society representatives and policy makers came together on the 30th of June to discuss the “Integration Policies: Who Benefits?” (MIPEX2015) results and write together a set of recommendations for the European Institutions on how to continue improving integration policies for immigrants. 

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Academics, experts, civil society representatives and policy makers came together on the 30th of June to discuss the “Integration Policies: Who Benefits?” (MIPEX2015) results and write together a set of recommendations for the European Institutions on how to continue improving integration policies for immigrants. 

After being welcomed to the Maastricht University Brussels Campus by the Co-director of its Center for Citizenship, Migration and Development Martin Vink, Jordi Bacaria (director of CIDOB) and Jan Niessen (former director of MPG) introduced the 2 year research project “Integration Policies: Who Benefits?” and the fourth edition of the Migrant Integration Policy Index developed within it, MIPEX has been recognised as a common reference guide across Europe to measure and compare integration policies for migrants. 

The two co-directors of the project Thomas Huddleston (MPG) and Elena Sánchez-Montijano (CIDOB) presented the key findings of the project and focused on 4 of the 8 policy strands analysed in MIPEX2015:   long term residence, family reunification, political participation and citizenship. The important role of policies in determining whether immigrants are settling down permanently, becoming voters and equal citizens was highlighted. 

Anne-Linde Jopke (MPG) introduced one of the new dimensions of MIPEX2015: the monitoring of statistics which measures the potential and real beneficiaries and outcomes of policies to give a more comprehensive vision of immigrant’s integration in each country. The second novelty of the “Who Benefits?” Project is the cross-national study of impact evaluations which was explained by Özge Bilgili (CIDOB). Finally, David Ingleby (Utrecht University) presented the health policy strand which is the newest addition to the index, which further completes the picture of the key areas of life for integration of migrants. 

In the second part of the conference, the high-level panel comprised of the two co-directors of the project and Ulricke Lunacek (MEP), Laura Corrado (Head of Unit- Migration and Mobility, DG HOME) and Isabel de la Mata (Senior Policy Advisor, DG SANTE) discussed the possible role of the EU in improving immigrant integration by engaging with the audience present at the event. 

Finally, all participants discussed and proposed EU level recommendations in a World Café format panel moderated by Zvezda Vankova (Maastricht University and MPG).

Co-funded by the European Union

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