Canada received the 4th highest score in the Migration Integration Policy Index (MIPEX). MIPEX is a comprehensive international benchmark for integration policies that ranks the policy performance of 52 countries worldwide.
MIPEX ranks the policy performance based on various factors such as how the policies introduced by the government affect the immigrant’s ease of getting jobs, education opportunities, and how well the immigrant settles in the country does and develops a sense of belonging.
“The MIPEX scores allow us to gauge how well our policies support or hinder newcomers on their path to settle into Canadian society,”
“The index helps us compare our performance over time and identify where we have room for improvement or the potential to learn from other countries.”Anna Triandafyllidou, the Canada Excellence Research Chair in Migration and Integration at Ryerson University.
The highest-scoring country in the MIPEX was Sweden with 86 points followed by Finland which came in second with 85 points, Portugal which came in third got 81. Canada came fourth with 80 points, and fifth place was taken by New Zealand with 77 points.
The last MIPEX was held in 2015 in which Canada ranked 6th place. The increase in Canada’s ranking by two points in 2020 was due to improvements in access to healthcare and citizenship.
Canada also has great anti-discrimination policies as well as multicultural education and equity policies.
“Among English-speaking countries, Canada is becoming a more attractive and inclusive global destination,”
“Canada, along with New Zealand, is taking the place of previous top-ranking countries such as Australia, the UK, and the United States, which all go down in the MIPEX rankings this round under pressure from populist political forces.”Thomas Huddleston, Director of Research for the Migration Policy Group.