Legal Frameworks for the Integration of Third-Country Nationals


The Migrant Integration Policy Index (MIPEX) is a unique comparative study on indicators of the legal integration of third-country nationals. Though comparing countries on the basis of various indicator types is common in the private sector and increasingly used in policy areas like development, good governance and equality, the exercise remains relatively new in justice and home affairs. The book lays out the instruments used to construct the MIPEX and then situates the study within current debates on integration indicators and policy evaluation. Each chapter considers what the study’s key findings add to our understanding of the state of integration policy development across Europe and of recent legal and policy trends on anti-discrimination, naturalisation, labour market access, and political participation.

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Jan Niessen is the Director of Migration Policy Group. He established various European networks and designed and carried out many international comparative policy-orientated research projects. He currently serves as Editor of the European Anti-Discrimination Law Review, Member of the Board of Directors of the Journal of International Migration and Integration, and Member of the Editorial Board ofthe European Journal of Migration and Law.

Thomas Huddleston is a policy analyst with the Migration Policy Group. He has co-authored the second edition of the Migrant Integration Policy Index, MPG's 2007 study for the European Parliament, Setting up a system of benchmarking to measure the success of integration policies in Europe, as well as recent pieces in Canadian Diversity and the European Journal of Migration and Law.
Scholars, legal practitioners, researchers, policymakers, and students in the field of national and EC immigration, integration, and anti-discrimination law and policy.