Webinar: The Migrant Integration Policy Index (MIPEX) III

February 28, 2011


February 28, 2011 – The Migrant Integration Policy Index (MIPEX) released new data which compares and ranks Canada to the rest of the world – and the results will surprise you.

About MIPEX III – Migrant Integration Policy Index

MIPEX, published by the British Council and the Migration Policy Group, compares immigrant integration policies in all European Union Member States, plus Norway, Switzerland, Canada and the USA, and ranks how well these countries provide opportunities for legal migrants to participate in society across 148 policy indicators. This rich, multi-dimensional picture of immigrant integration will be presented in a reference guide and as a fully interactive, online tool to assess, compare and improve integration.

MIPEX covers seven policy areas which shape an immigrant’s journey to full citizenship:

  • Labour market access
  • Family reunion
  • Long-term residence
  • Political participation
  • Access to nationality
  • Anti-discrimination
  • Education

Maytree is one of the 39 partner organizations of MIPEX III.  MIPEX is led by the British Council and Migration Policy Group as part of the project: Outcomes for Policy Change, co-financed by the European Fund for the Integration of Third-Country Nationals.

Speaker Biographies

Jan Niessen is the founder and director of the Brussels-based Migration Policy Group, an independent policy institute on migration and diversity. He designs policy oriented research on anti-discrimination legislation in the individual EU Member States and for many years, he chaired the Starting Line. Among his current activities are the writing of a report on new challenges for the integration of immigrants and minorities, the promotion of proposals for European immigration policies, and the establishment of a network for ethnic entrepreneurs. Dr. Niessen has published widely about migration, anti-discrimination, and diversity and is a member of the editorial board of the European Journal of Migration and Law and of the Board of Directors of the Journal of International Migration and Integration. He is also co-editor of a book series on migration and law.

Howard Duncan is the Executive Head of the Metropolis Project, an international forum for research and policy on migration and cities. He has concentrated on increasing the project’s benefits to the policy community by creating effective opportunities for direct and frank exchanges between researchers, practitioners, and policy makers, increasing Metropolis’ geographic reach, and expanding the range of issues it confronts. He is also the head of the Metropolis International Secretariat. Before joining Metropolis, he had various leadership positions within the federal government.

Jack Jedwab is the Executive Director of the Association for Canadian Studies (ACS). From 1994-1998 he served as Executive Director of the Quebec Region of the Canadian Jewish Congress. He holds a doctoral degree in Quebec history from Concordia University. From 1999-2002 Dr. Jedwab taught a course entitled “Canada’s Official Language Minorities: History and Demography” at the McGill Institute for the Study of Canada. From 1989-96 he was Adjunct Professor in the Department of Sociology at McGill where he taught a course on ethnocultural minorities in Quebec. He has published essays in books, scholarly journals and in newspapers across the country, notably in the Montreal Gazette, La Presse and Le Devoir. His particular interests include demographic and linguistic issues, national identity and multiculturalism and diversity.

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