The lack of data and resources impinges on the ability of developing countries to formulate appropriate integration policy responses. A key objective of the Migration and the Law study is to fill this data gap by putting in place a new pilot database of indicators that reflect integration laws and policies affecting economic migrants in 152 countries and refugees in 134 countries. The main message that emerges from legal analysis of Migration and the Law data is that the world’s integration laws and policies show great complexity and heterogeneity.
The Migration and the Law project is envisioned as a tool for strengthening evidence-based policy making on integration measures across the globe. Even though developing economies receive a large proportion of immigrants each year, available data on integration measures are generally limited to high-income countries.