MIPEX: Czech R. weak at integrating foreigners
A new study published today by the British Council and the Migration Policy Group shows that great disparities exist in how Europe is integrating its 20 million immigrants legally residing in the region.
The Migrant Integration Policy Index (MIPEX: www.mipex.eu) contrasts and compares integration policies across 31 countries in Europe and North America. Results show that while change is happening at a very slow pace, there are still many obstacles to how immigrants live, work and participate in our societies.
The study benchmarks whether governments grant equal rights, responsibilities, and opportunities to all residents – international standards that have been agreed upon by EU Member States. These high standards are critical as successful integration helps create more competitive and cohesive societies.
The Czech Republic came in 19th in the ranking, which is hardly the best result. Although the country was given credit for having an open labour market, overall it is classed as not providing enough support to the 450,000 or so foreigners living here. For example, foreigners here cannot even be members of political parties, and so the Czech Republic has been criticised for not applying its anti-discrimination law thoroughly enough.
“With the third phase of MIPEX research we aim to provide reliable information to governments, civic institutions and the wider public to compare migrant integration policies across countries and over time. This will encourage more informed discussion on best practice and enable better future policies”, Rosemary Hilhorst OBE, Regional Director EU Europe, British Council
“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 […] 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.” Cecilia Malmström, European Commissioner for Home Affairs.