PROGRESS OF THE WORLD’S WOMEN 2019–2020

The Migrant Integration Policy Index (MIPEX) provides comparative information across countries on this policy area, including on rights associated with family reunification. While the database is limited to 45 mostly high-income countries,85 it provides useful insights into the extent to which migration policies are favourable to families. Figure 7.3 includes analysis of 11 indicators86 relevant to family integration, including: restrictions on eligibility for spouses and partners to join the migrant and those based on age; restrictions on other family members (e.g. minor children, dependent parents/ grandparents and dependent adult children); rights associated with status, such as the right to autonomous residence permits for partners and children, as well as the right of family members to remain in the country even in the case of widowhood, divorce/separation, death or violence within the family; and access to social benefits, including rights to social security, unemployment, old-age pension, disability benefits, and access to health services. Based on the MIPEX database, and calculated as an average of 11 indicators that relate specifically to migrant families, countries are given scores that range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favourable policies towards immigrants and their families.

 

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