MIPEX 2020 | LITHUANIAN NATIONAL LAUNCH EVENT

By commemorating International Day for Tolerance Diversity Development Group kindly invites to the Migrant Integration Policy Index (MIPEX 2020) national launch event.
The event will take place on the 16th of November, 13:00 – 16:00.
Event will take place online via MS Teams, therefore registration is required.
𝐏𝐥𝐞𝐚𝐬𝐞 𝐫𝐞𝐠𝐢𝐬𝐭𝐞𝐫 by going to this link: https://bit.ly/2I3tu01
Link will be sent to the address that you will provide in the registration form shortly before the event.

Join the MIPEX 2020 national launch event: 
• To find out the recent results of the study of MIPEX; 
• To hear the discussion on similarities and differences between the integration policies of beneficiaries of international protection and migrants in Lithuania; 
• To find out the latest results of public opinion poll towards foreign nationals and what impact Lithuania’s current policies might have to public opinion towards newcomers to Lithuania.

𝐀𝐠𝐞𝐧𝐝𝐚 𝐨𝐟 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐞𝐯𝐞𝐧𝐭
• “MIPEX 2020. Lithuanian integration policies in comparative perspective”, Giacomo Solano, Migration Policy Group 
• “Migration and migrant integration policies in Lithuania: key findings of MIPEX 2020”, Giedrė Blažytė, Diversity Development Group 
• “Refugee voice in the context of existing integration monitoring indexes in Lithuania: recommendations to further strengthen integration system”, Karolis Žibas, UNHCR Representation for the Nordic and Baltic Countries 
• tba, Vita Kontvainė, Institute for Ethnic Studies, Lithuanian Social Research Centre 
• Discussion 

𝐀𝐛𝐨𝐮𝐭 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐌𝐈𝐏𝐄𝐗 𝟐𝟎𝟐𝟎
MIPEX 2020 measures policies to integrate migrants in 52 countries across five continents: Europe, Asia, North and South America and Oceania. This index is a comprehensive tool whose data and information can be used to base policies, proposals for change and projects to achieve equality in countries. MIPEX 2020 results show that over the past five years, newcomers to Lithuania can benefit from a few more opportunities for integration and a slightly more secure future in the country. However, the latest MIPEX 2020 results reveal that Lithuania’s score is lower than the average MIPEX country score of 50/100, which means that Lithuania’s integration policies create more obstacles than opportunities for integration. Lithuania’s approach to integration is classified by MIPEX as “Equality on Paper”. Lithuania’s current policies encourage the public to see immigrants as strangers instead of as their equals. This outcome of the study is very familiar to the results of study National Integration Evaluation Mechanism (NIEM), which measures integration of beneficiaries of international protection (BIPs). Results of NIEM Evaluation I indicate that Lithuania has an adequate legal base for BIPs, yet still faces difficulty in enforcing the integration policies, with the most of the challenges observed in the field of implementing the strategic (long-term) objectives of BIPs’ integration and putting efforts aimed at participation and involvement of the receiving society. Public opinion polls are an inherent tool for observation of migrants’ integration processes, relevant for shaping migration policy and its measures for migrants’ integration (Blažyte, 2015). National public opinion polls of the last few years show that Lithuanian residents remain culturally closed and tend to see the threats rather than the opportunities that refugees might bring (Blažytė, Žibas, 2019).