Dr Liv Bjerre is research assistant at the Department of Social Sciences and Business, Roskilde University,Denmark. She holds a PhD in Sociology from Humboldt University in Berlin. Her dissertation is entitled “Moves and Countermoves – The Effect of Immigration Policy on Asylum and Irregular Immigration”. Her research focuses on immigration and integration policy and the effect of policy on international migration as well as on the integration of immigrants into the host society. She is one of the authors behind the Immigration Policy in Comparison (IMPIC) Database, which provides a set of sophisticated quantitative indices to measure immigration policies in a comprehensive way across time, countries and policy fields. She has published in the areas of migration studies, health care and index construction.