Title: MIGRATION POLICY INDEXES
Authors: URSO GIULIANASCIPIONI MARCO
Publisher: European Commission
Publication Year: 2017
JRC N°: JRC109400
ISBN: 978-92-79-77990-9 (print)
978-92-79-77989-3 (pdf)
ISSN: 1018-5593 (print)
1831-9424 (online)
Other Identifiers: EUR 29090 EN
OP KJ-NA-29090-EN-C (print)
OP KJ-NA-29090-EN-N (online)
URI: http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC109400
DOI: 10.2760/594758
10.2760/677373
Type: EUR - Scientific and Technical Research Reports
Abstract: In the framework of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, high attention is put on migration and in particular on “planned and well-managed migration policies” (SDG 10.7). To compare policies across time and space, robust well-conceived indexes to be able to measure and aggregate relevant indicators of these policies are needed [or something like this]. As one of the activities of the migration policies research line carried out by the EC Knowledge Centre on Migration and Demography (KCMD), this technical report maps and analyses migration policy indexes, explaining their methodologies and accounting for their main findings. [I would define what policy indexes are, what they are supposed to measure, and then state what the report is aiming at] Recently, there have been several undertakings at systematically coding and comparing policies over time and across countries. A map of these initiatives will provide some clarity, allowing for a comparison and guidance for their use. Some of the research questions that will be addressed are ‘What databases are available for the analysis of migration policies in a given country?’, ‘What kind of policies are analysed?’, ‘How policies have been treated methodologically [not very clear]? The report is structured following two main policy areas, namely immigration (admission) and immigrant (integration) policies. A further distinction is on sector-specific indexes dealing exclusively with individual policy areas, e.g. asylum, or labour migration, and more recent comprehensive efforts to fully account for a wide spectrum of asylum and migration policies that are typically adopted by States [not clear]. This report is useful for the analysis and assessment of the advantages and disadvantages of the methodologies and explanatory power of these indexes, but can also be of help to policy makers in analyzing individual countries’ migration management systems, to compare and evaluate the various policy initiatives that have been enacted in the past and which are still likely to have relevance for current migratory challenges. Added value of the study can be summarized as follows: • To provide clarity on several undertakings already developed • To allow for comparison and guidance for the use of the various indexes • To detect gaps and best practices in the methodologies • To produce a meta-database of policy indexes as a reference for quantitative analyses of policies • To interpret trends and changes in migration policies over time • To support analyses and historical comparisons of country’s overall migration management, or of specific policies
JRC Directorate:Space, Security and Migration

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