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Australia’s citizenship policies rank 3rd out of 33 countries

 

14 September 2011: Australia is a world leader on providing a clear path to citizenship, according to an international study on migrant settlement published today by the Migration Policy Group. Australia ranks 3rd out of 33 countries on citizenship policies and 5th in its overall approach to giving legal migrants opportunities to participate in society.

The MIPEX can be used by both the international and national media as a reliable, quick reference guide to provide in-depth understanding on where countries are doing well in providing equal rights, responsibilities and opportunities to migrants, and where they are falling behind. You can compare countries to neighbouring or other countries, and get an overview of what has changed and what could be done to improve integration. Since the MIPEX is updated continuously, you can regularly access contextual information and keep abreast of what is on the agenda in your country with regard to migrant integration and the impact it has on society. You can find the reasoning behind low and high scores in your country and use the results to supplement the human angle of stories on migrants and their experiences.

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14 September 2011: New Language Tests Could Threaten UK’s Progress On Integrating Migrants

The UK has become more effective at integrating new migrants, but new language tests could threaten this progress, a new study has shown.

The study, published today by the Migration Policy Group, shows that the UK government’s decision to remove the burdensome “Earned Citizenship” path has improved the UK’s standing in the “MIPEX” international ranking for effective integration policies. However, current proposals would make it harder for non-EU migrants to learn English, which is crucial in encouraging participation in local communities and employment.

Ranked 9th for its integration policies out of 33 countries, the UK guarantees better opportunities for migrants to integrate than most European countries, but still trails behind Canada (3rd) and Australia (5th), largely due to these countries’ strong support for all residents to successfully learn Englis h and their programmes on family reunion.

In particular, cuts to English classes means it is harder to learn English in the UK, and language requirements for family reunion and citizenship will be higher than all other English-speaking countries.

In addition, the new UK condition that applicant non-EU spouses must first speak the language before entering the country is totally absent from English-speaking countries like Australia, Canada and the US, and very rare in Europe.

As a contrast, Australia and Canada invest in migrant’s abilities to participate in society by providing free language classes once they arrive, and support for immigrant organisations in local communities.

The approach of combining demanding requirements with poor support may work more as an obstacle to learning English than as the incentive that has made integration work more effectively in Australia and Canada,” said the author of the study, Thomas Huddleston.

Rob Berkeley of the Runnymede Trust, the UK partner organisation for the project said: "Learning English is recognised as a crucial part of the route to integration. The UK government should ensure that there are opportunities for immigrants to learn English rather than making short term cuts which will lead to exclusion for migrants and their families in the longer term".

Commenting, Cedric Manen, Chair of the Settlement Council of Australia (SCOA), said:

“The UK can take lessons from Australia where they provide free English classes and additional support through settlement programs, particularly to those who are vulnerable. The settlement process has been strengthened through renewed focus on multicultural policy at a time when European counterparts took a more conservative stance on multiculturalism.”

 

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24.07.2012

Recognised refugees, migrants and other foreign workers yesterday held a peaceful demonstration outside the Philoxenia Conference Centre where EU interior ministers were meeting to discuss migration and asylum issues. They said they wanted to draw attention to the difficulties faced by non-Cypriots seeking to integrate in Cypriot society. The protestors handed over a letter to the interior ministry’s permanent secretary, Andreas Assiotis, so he could distribute it to the European ministers.


They wished, among other things, to draw attention to a report by the Migrant Integration Policy Index (MIPEX), which recently ranked Cyprus second from last of all 31 MIPEX countries, saying the island discouraged long-term integration...


The recognised refugees, migrants and foreigners called on the European Commission to monitor Cyprus, during efforts for economic recovery.


According to the MIPEX report, “At 35 points, Cyprus is the only country far below average and falling further behind, ranking second last of all 31 countries”...

12.07.2012

Brincadeira à parte, nos dois últimos relatórios sobre a integração dos imigrantes (Mipex) a vertente da participação política é referenciada como a área em que Portugal deverá fazer um maior esforço, enquanto dimensão importante de integração dos imigrantes e dos seus descendentes. Por outro lado, num estudo recentemente apresentando na Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, "Inquérito a Cidadãos Imigrantes - A Experiência de Integração dos Imigrantes em 15 cidades", ficou claro que os imigrantes não almejam a representação política de forma ghettizada, ou seja, por uma questão de terem simplesmente um descendente ou natural de um país qualquer ou mesmo alguém de tem a mesma tonalidade da cor da pele.

A questão não é por aí. Almejam isso porque quer dizer que a sociedade de que fazem parte cria condições para uma verdadeira integração e não querem sentir-se sub-representados. Quando um país não espelha a sua diversidade isso quer dizer que existe um filtro que deveria preocupar a todos...

12.07.2012

A-coupleEvery now and again there are changes to the immigration rules which even writers for the Daily Mailvoice their objections to.

The new rules on family migration to the UK, which came into force yesterday, represent a major assault on family life for Brits and migrants alike. Campaigners now need to work on bringing political opposition to the rules out from behind closed doors.

Yesterday’s changes to the family migration rules are significant: the UK now ranks among the toughest of Western democracies on family reunification policies.

Among other changes, the government has introduced a new income requirement of £18,600 per year for people who wish to bring a foreign partner to live with them in the UK.

This means an estimated 47% of the UK working population would not qualify to bring their overseas spouse or partner here in the future.

The Home Office estimates up to 18,500 people every year will be prevented from coming to join family members here as a result. This may be helpful in inching the government towards lower net migration levels, but will be devastating for the families who are kept apart as a result...

11.07.2012

Although it is cliche to note, the United States has always been a nation of immigrants. The fact is, according to Herman and Smith in their acclaimed book Immigrant, Inc., no other country in the history of mankind has accepted over 70 million immigrants. About 50 percent of Americans have close immigrant lineage or share immigrant ancestry.

Whether immigration is a good thing or a scourge, we like to think of our country as an immigrant-friendly place - with borders that are among the most open in the world - which is not the case. But according to the Migration Integration Policy Index (MIPEX), which rates the EU nations, Norway, Switzerland, Canada, and the U.S. efforts to integrate immigrants - the U.S. ranks ninth on the list. Sweden, Portugal, and Canada are the three leading countries respectively. Nonetheless, for John Gartner, a psychologist at Johns Hopkins University, immigrant traits are built into an American's DNA...

10.07.2012

uk english testThomas Huddleston, co-ordinator of the Migrant Integration Policy Indexin Brussels, says that to be granted settlement most countries require lower language skills than the B1 test. Only Denmark, Estonia and Germany explicitly require B1 or higher, and for permanent residence most countries only require the less demanding levels A1 or A2.

The new requirements for the UK are set to be introduced in October 2013. They are part of a range of changes that the government has announced on immigration, including a minimum income requirement for some categories of British sponsors of spouse visa applicants of around $40,000 a year...