The Migration Policy Group has launched today a new report about the refugee integration policies.
The report presents a comparative, indicator-based assessment of the refugee integration frameworks in place in 14 EU countries. Analysis is focused on legal indicators, policy indicators and indicators which measure mainstreaming, policy coordination, as well as efforts aimed at participation and involvement of the receiving society. Results are being presented in relation to the concrete steps policymakers need to take in order to establish a refugee integration framework that is in line with the standards required by international and EU law.
Across dimensions that represent decisive fields for long-term integration, countries do markedly worse in some areas than in others in terms of their legal and policy frameworks. Looking both at the legal and policy indicators across dimensions related to socio-economic and sociocultural integration, on average, health and education are the areas with the most favourable conditions among the assessed countries, with social security trailing somewhat behind. On the other hand, employment, housing and vocational training emerge as the dimensions with the least favourable conditions under the focus of this analysis. Particular weaknesses include the access to targeted short-term housing support and a lack of long-term housing support in several countries. In the employment dimension, the drivers of poor results are a widespread lack of targeted, active labour market support measures in combination with administrative barriers for accessing employment.
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