Integration policy too short-term: Germany loosens in international ranking

In the current issue of the international integration ranking, Germany is longer in the top ten. The “Migrant Integration Policy Index” (MIPEX) has measured the integration of migrants in 52 countries for the fifth time. Since 2007, an international research team has been studying how different countries support new migrants in being part of the society. Germany’s integration policy has become more restrictive. This is in part a reaction to the “Refugee Summer 2015”. Other countries, such as Ireland, Luxemburg and Spain, have had a more inclusive integration policy in the last five years.

As in 2015, Germany’s integration places especially high in the job market. It has become easier for migrants to enter into the German job market and get their qualifications recognized in the last five years.

However, the researchers see deficits in the long-term integration into society. Out if the 52 countries, Germany has one of the most restrictive policies when it comes to family reunion. It is being complicated by language tests and the prove of income level.

Language and income are also contributing factors in getting a long-term residence status. Compared to the other countries, Germany also places below average in this regard. It is also difficult for foreigners to get the German citizenship.

Sabine Hess, a migration researcher at the University of Göttingen, thinks the MIPEX-results are a call to German politics: “Germany is not yet an immigration society. The German integration policy is guided by temporary integration and highly follows economical interests.” Albert Scherr, head of the sociology department at Freiburg University of Education, thinks similarly. According to him, migrants from non-EU-countries are faced with long delays, uncertainties and obstacles to have secure future perspectives. This especially prevents the integration of refugees: Many have to live in uncertainty for a long time before they can get a solidified residence status, even though they have an education and have been successfully integrated into the job market. A summary of the report is available in English under

Germany | MIPEX 2020

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Eine Sammelunterkunft für geflüchtete Menschen in Tübingen. Foto: tünews INTERNATIONAL / Mostafa Elyasian.

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