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European Indicators of Migrant Integration

In the European Union context, indicators have become increasingly important due to growing political commitment on integration policies at all levels of governance. In June 2010, EU Member States approved a number of European indicators of migrant integration, based on the EU2020 indicators and the EU’s Common Basic Principles, focusing on the core areas of employment, social inclusion, education, and active citizenship. The Commission’s July 2011 European Agenda for Integration views these indicators as a way to systematically monitor the integration situation and the EU2020 targets, enhance policy coordination, and make recommendations in dialogue with Member States.

ICMPD together with the Migration Policy Group will produce an assessment report to confirm the relevance of current indicators for integration and whether current data sources are robust enough to calculate them.

Objectives of the project
• Analyse to what extent and whether the different integration realities in various EU Member States are the result of integration and migration policies, immigrant populations, and general contexts and policies.
• Strengthen how European indicators of migrant integration capture and monitor the specific outcomes of integration policies.
• Improve the way in which policy actors evaluate the effectiveness of integration policies, appreciate the other factors that shape the integration process, engage in the data and policy implications of indicators and mainstream integration into European cooperation and targets, including the EU2020 Strategy.

Outcomes
• Analysis reports (to explain the data behind the European indicators, test the effectiveness of certain migration and integration policies, and measure the impact of other policies).
• Assessment report (to confirm the relevance of current indicators for integration and whether current data sources are robust enough to calculate them. ICMPD and the Migration Policy Group will propose additional indicators and data sources based on the chosen European indicators, the EU2020 strategy, and active citizenship).
• Monitoring proposal (to outline how the European Commission can use the current and proposed indicators to monitor the results of integration policies).
• Three expert seminars during the course of 2012 on the subjects of Employment, Education, and Social Inclusion and Active Citizenship.

Project Duration: 2013
Funding: European Commission
Project Coordination and implementation: Migration Policy Group
Contact: Albert Kraler

Publications

Thomas Huddleston, Jan Niessen, Jasper Dag Tjaden (2013): Using EU Indicators of Immigrant Integration. Final Report for Directorate-General for Home Affairs. Brussels: European Commission.
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