August 2022 Newsletter
New policy brief: "Caught by surprise? How underdeveloped refugee integration policies will impede the integration of those displaced by the war in Ukraine"

This policy brief examines the effects of EU Member States’ integration policy frameworks upon the long-term integration prospects of refugees fleeing the war in Ukraine. Drawing on National Integration Evaluation Mechanism (NIEM) data, the brief makes the point that the status of countries’ overall refugee integration frameworks clearly has repercussions for the ability of member states to adapt to the new circumstances of a massive refugee movement from Ukraine. In doing so, it finds that most countries’ integration policy frameworks are not adequately prepared for the large-scale arrival of refugees, in particular those which have seen the largest number of arrivals.

The brief outlines two potential future scenarios on how the activation of the EU temporary protection directive will impact the EU asylum and integration debate. While in the first scenario the situation will be marked by entrenched positions, in the second scenario a reset of the debate would lead to better harmonised refugee integration policies in the EU.
MIPEX, NIEM & EWSI cited by the District Court of The Hague

The District Court of The Hague has recently cited the European Website on Integration (EWSI), the Migrant Integration Policy Index (MIPEX) and the National Integration Evaluation Mechanism (NIEM) in an interlocutory ruling in two proceedings concerning Syrian families who received international protection in Bulgaria.

As three projects in which MPG has played – and continues to play – a key role, MPG is proud to have provided data and evidence which is now being referenced in a court of law.
Domani feature: MPG’s Head of Research, Giacomo Solano, explains challenges faced by migrants in Italy

In a feature on migration in the Italian newspaper Domani published on 17 July, Giacomo Solano, MPG’s Head of Research, explains the numerous integration difficulties faced by migrants in Italy.

“Apart from not being authorised or having strong limitations to their right to vote, they have little or no support for participating in public life. This creates a vicious cycle. And the fact that second-generation migrants often face a difficult process to acquire Italian citizenship produces a negative effect on their political participation as well.”

Giacomo Solano published in prominent new 'Introduction to Migration Studies' book

Giacomo Solano, MPG’s Head of Research, and Thomas Huddleston, MPG’s Former Research Director, have co-authored a chapter within the new open-access book ‘Introduction to Migration Studies. An Interactive Guide to the Literatures on Migration and Diversity’.

The chapter, written by Solano and Huddleston and titled “Migration Policy Indicators”, provides an overview of the existing indexes and indicators created over the last 20 years – mainly at the national level – and compares the methodology employed as well as their temporal, geographical, and thematic coverage.

The Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies: MIPEX chapter published in recent working paper

‘Going global’ with naturalisation policies indices? The Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies has published a Working Paper with the second chapter authored by Giacomo Solano, MPG’s Head of Research, and Thomas Huddleston, MPG’s Former Research Director, centring around MIPEX and its movement beyond European contexts.

The Migrant Integration Policy Index (MIPEX), created by the Migration Policy Group (MPG) in 2004, is a unique tool that has expanded worldwide to measure policies to integrate migrants in countries across six continents.


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