Signatories

The Migrant Integration Policy Index enjoys strong support from integration policy actors across all participating countries in Europe, the US and Canada.

The Signatories to the MIPEX are people who use the MIPEX in their own efforts to improve integration policies in their countries and encourage others to do so. By signing, the signatories state that they: 

  • Support the EU's goal to grant comparable rights and responsibilities for all of Europe’s residents by 2014. All EU Member State governments agreed to this in the “Stockholm Programme.”
  • Support a better informed and more evidence-based approach to integration policy.
  • Value learning from European legal standards on integration and from the progress made in other countries.
  • Are interested to know and use the MIPEX results as part of their own efforts to evaluate, compare, and ultimately improve the outcomes of their country’s integration policy.

Endorsements 

‘The MIPEX succinctly describes integration policies across Europe and North-America and identifies their strengths and weaknesses. It is a rich resource for enabling Members of the European Parliament to compare policies and assess how to set favourable conditions for immigrant participation in our diverse societies, and gives practical guidance to turn weaknesses into strengths.’
Juan Fernando López Aguilar, Chair of the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs at the European Parliament

 

Cecilia Malmström

‘Over the years the MIPEX continues to be a valuable tool for mapping and assessing existing integration policies in the European Union. I am pleased to support this initiative, especially as the third edition covers all EU Member States and more policies relevant to integration. The MIPEX provides a good basis for the analysis of trends in Europe. It is worthwhile to note that many Member States generally perform better, in terms of migrant integration policies, in those areas where Union law exists such as family reunification, long-term residence and anti-discrimination.’
Cecilia Malmström, European Commissioner for Home Affairs

 

Ilze Brands Kehris‘The MIPEX enables human rights actors to raise very precise questions as to whether and how governments have implemented international fundamental rights principles in national integration policies and law. The MIPEX brings these normative standards to the practical level and clarifies how the legal concepts apply to immigrants’ access to work and education, securing their residence and family life, promoting citizenship and civic participation, as well as protecting against discrimination.’

Ilze Brands Kehris, Chairperson of the EU Fundamental Rights Agency Management Board

 

 Howard Duncan‘MIPEX is an impressive effort by an international team of scholars and experts to map integration policies from a growing number of countries in the world. Their results will inspire further international comparative analysis and provide a comprehensive evidence-base on which to build informed policies. Policy and research affiliates of the Metropolis Project will find in MIPEX a fertile ground for analysis and decision making.’
Howard Duncan, Executive Head of the Metropolis Project

 

‘The MIPEX is an extremely valuable instrument measuring integration policies across Europe and North America. It is an important reference source that provides transparent analysis for policy makers, civil society and journalists alike, enables informed dialogue and reporting and helps to contextualise current debates around integration. It sheds light into the complexities of migrants' lives and ultimately helps to ensure their equal participation in society.’
Yasmin Alibhai Brown, Journalist

 

Amin Maalouf‘I am impressed by the quality of the Migrant Integration Policy Index. Your long-term approach to integration issues is extremely promising. I think we need to monitor Integration issues as accurately as we monitor Health, Education, or Unemployment. We also need to re-orientate the debate towards facts and figures, away from the ideological and rhetorical discourse that prevails today on such issues. I am sure the British Council and the Migration Policy Group have taken an excellent initiative by creating the Migrant Integration Policy Index. I support your project without hesitation, and I wish MIPEX all the best.’
Amin Maalouf, Author  

 

 

Letter of Support 

Influential public figures have shown their support for the MIPEX by signing their agreement to the Letter of Support. Below the letter is a full list of their names.

Our ever-changing societies are also becoming ever more diverse. Whatever our individual backgrounds, we all have a stake in the shared future of the communities and countries we live in, where each, in his or her own way, contributes to its economic, social and civic life.

Every individual must have equal opportunities to participate in a society free of discrimination and other obstacles to fundamental rights. These principles are enshrined in our constitutions and international laws. Now our governments must work to recognise the value of citizens with and without an immigrant background by treating all residents equally, granting newcomers a clear path to citizenship, and investing in measures to achieve this.

The Migrant Integration Policy Index provides us with the instrument we need to see how we live up to the promise of equality. It allows us to build our policies on solid research and experience from around the world. The MIPEX enables us to learn from the progress made in other countries and measure how well we are implementing our common legal standards. We wait, with great anticipation, for the 2011 MIPEX results to use in our own efforts to evaluate, compare and ultimately improve the outcomes of our countries’ integration policies.

National Signatories 

Austria

Sandra Frauenberger, Executive City Councillor for Integration, Women’s Issues, Consumer Protection and Personnel, City of Vienna

Ingrid Nikolay-Leitner, Head of the Austrian Ombud for Equal Treatment

Terezija Stoisits, Member of the Austrian Ombudsman Board

Belgium

Edouard Delruelle, Deputy Director of the Centre for Equal Opportunities and Opposition to Racism

Marie-Claire Foblets, Professor, Catholic University of Leuven (KUL), Catholic University of Brussels (KUB) and University of Antwerp

Naima Charkaoui, Director of Minderheden Forum

Bulgaria

Assoc. Prof. Petya Kabakchieva, Ph.D., Head of Sociology Department, Faculty of Philosophy ‘St. Clement of Ohrid’ University of Sofia

Dr. Krassimir Kanev, Chairperson of the Bulgarian Helsinki Committee

Canada

Maurice Basque, Director, Institut d’Etudes Acadiennes, Université de Moncton

Minelle Mahtani, Professor, University of Toronto

Naomi Alboim, School of Policy Studies, Queens University

Cyprus

Eliana Nicolaou, Commission for Administration (Ombudsman)

Eleni Mavrou, Mayor of Nicosia

Czech Republic

Alena Gajdusková, First Vice-Chairwoman of the Senate of the Parliament of the Czech Republic

Jan Svejnar, adviser to former Czech president

Václav Havel, Director of the International Policy Center at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, a founder and Chairman of CERGE-EI in Prague

Vladimír Spidla, Former EU Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities

Denmark

Tøger Seidenfaden, Chief Editor, Politiken

Knud Vilby, Chair of the Association of Social Politics

Uzma Ahmed Andresen, Spokeswoman, hennah.dk – Network for Diversity, Citizenship and Equality

Finland

Nasima Razmyar, Project coordinator, Monika – Multicultural Women’s Association and Refugee Woman of the Year

Anneli Jäätteenmäki, Member of the European Parliament

Astrid Thors, Minister of Migration and European Affairs

France

Jacqueline Costa-Lascoux, Research Director for the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Centre for Political Research/Sciences Po

Patrick Lozès, President of the Conseil Représentatif des Associations Noires

Sandrine Mazetier, MP (Socialist Party) for Paris, National Assembly

Etienne Pinte, MP (UMP) for Yvelines, National Assembly

Germany

Annelie Buntenbach, Federal Executive Board, Confederation of German Trade Unions

Cem Özdemir, Chair of Alliance90 / The Greens, Germany

Rita Süssmuth, former President of the German Federal Parliament

Greece

Ahmet Moawia, President of the Greek Forum of Migrants

Anna Triandafyllidou, Professor of the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, European University Institute, Florence & Senior Research Fellow, Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy (ELIAMEP), Athens

Vasilis Chronopoulos, Migration Policy Advisor, General Secretary of the Association of Greek-Albanian Friendship, Director of Diavatirio review

Hungary

Lajos Aáry-Tamás, Commissioner for Educational Rights

Ireland

Joanna McMinn, Chairperson of the Equality and Rights Alliance

Sr. Stan Kennedy, Founder and current Board Member of the Immigrant Council of Ireland

Josephine Ahern, CEO of the Integration Centre

Italy

Natale Forlani, Director General, Directorate General for Immigration, Ministry of Labour and Social Policies

Raffaele Bracalenti, President, Psychoanalytic Institute for Social Research

José Galvez, Representative for Italy, SENAMI – National Secretariat for Migrants

Latvia

Nils Muižnieks, Chair of the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance, Director of the Advanced Social and Political Research Institute at the University of Latvia, former Minister of Social integration in Latvia

Hossam Abu Meri, Lebanese born citizen of Latvia and President of the Arabic Culture Center

Liesma Ose, Program Director, Soros Foundation-Latvia

Lithuania

Virginija Aleksejūnė, Director, Centre for Equality Advancement

Aušrinė Burneikienė , the Equal Opportunities Ombudsperson

Henrikas Mickevičius, Executive Director, Human Rights Monitoring Institute

Luxembourg

Robert Weber, Chair of LCGB, Fédération des Syndicats Chrétiens Luxembourgeois

Michel Wurth, Chair of UEL, Union des Entreprises Luxembourgeoises

Jean- Claude Reding, Chair of OGBL, Confédération Syndicale Indépendante

Netherlands

Adriana van Dooijeweert, Chair of the Advisory Committee on Migration Affairs/ Vice -President District Court, The Hague

Prof. Dr. Han Entzinger, Professor of Migration and Integration Studies, Erasmus University Rotterdam

Mary Tupan, Executive Director of ECHO, Centre for Diversity Policy

Poland

Prof. Irena Rzeplinska, The Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights

Portugal

António Vitorino, former European Commissioner for Justice and Home Affairs

Rui Marques, Director of ‘Forum Estudante,’ former High Commissioner for Immigration and Intercultural Dialogue

Abdool Karim Vakil, President of the Lisbon Islamic Community

Romania

Renate Weber, Member of the European Parliament

Mbela Nzuzi, President of the Refugee Women Organisation in Romania

Cristina-Ancuta Pocora, Member of Parliament, President of the Commission for Equal Opportunities between Women and Men of the Chamber of Deputies

Slovakia

Peter Kresák, Head of National Office, UNHCR National Office

Michal Vasecka, Head of Centre for the Research of Ethnicity and Culture

Slovenia

Zdenka Čebašek – Travnik, Human Rights Ombudsman, Slovenia

Nedžad Grabus, Mufti, Islamic Community in the Republic of Slovenia

Spain

Pedro Solbes, President of the Executive Committee FRIDE

Marcelino Oreja, President of the Institute for European Studies

Luisa Carlota Solé, Full Professor and Director of GEDIME. Autonoma University of Barcelona

Candido Méndez. General Secretary of the General Union of Workers (UGT)

Sweden

Anders Knape, President of the Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions

United Kingdom

Sarah Spencer, Chair of the Equality and Diversity Forum and Deputy Director of COMPAS, Centre on Migration, Policy & Society

Aditya Chakrabortty, Economics leader writer for the Guardian

Lord Dholakia, Member of the House of Lords

Lord Hylton, Member of the House of Lords

 

Download a list of the signatories
to the MIPEX II (2007)