Development of Integration Indicators at an EU Level

The importance of evaluating integration policies was set down in the Common Basic Principles on Integration which were adopted by the EU Council in 2004 and re-emphasised in the Council Conclusions adopted following the Ministerial Conferences in Potsdam (2007) and Vichy (2008). The Stockholm Programme (2010-2014) also called for the “development of core indicators in a limited number of relevant policy areas for monitoring the results of integration policies in order to increase the comparability of national experiences and reinforce the European learning process”. Following an expert meeting in Malm in 2009, a number of indicators were proposed in the areas of employment, education, social inclusion and active citizenship. The Zaragoza Declaration which was approved at the informal Justice and Home Affairs Council in June 2010 called upon the Commission to undertake a pilot project to examine the indicators, to analyse the significance of the defined indicators taking into account the national contexts, the background of diverse migrant populations and the different migration and integration policies of Member States and to report on the availability and quality of the data from agreed harmonised sources necessary for the calculation of the indicators. In June 2011, Eurostat published a pilot study on indicators of immigrant integration.

To further progress the work on indicators, the Commission appointed a consortium of the European Service Network and the Migration Policy Group to conduct a project on “Indicators of Immigrant Integration”. This study will analyse the extent the various integration realities in the EU Member States are affected by the different integration and migration policies, immigrant populations and general contexts and policies. It will involve the analysis of the data presented by Eurostat in 2011 in the light of the national context in each Member State, an assessment of the relevance of the proposed indicators and the development of a system for monitoring the results of integration policies. The research will be co-ordinated by the Migration Policy Group along with a research team at the Free University of Brussels and a researcher at the International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD) in Vienna. The outputs will include an analysis report, an assessment report and a monitoring proposal.

As part of this project, three expert seminars were held in 2012 focussing on thematic areas -one in Berlin on the theme of employment indicators (25th-26th June 2012), one in Budapest on the theme of education (17-18 September 2012), one in Lisbon on the theme of social inclusion and active citizenship (November 2012).

The final report of the project, entitled "Using EU Indicators of Immigrant Integration" was published in July 2013 and is available here.

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