National Integration Evaluation Mechanism (NIEM). Measuring and improving integration of beneficiaries of international protection

NIEM2_logoThe National Integration Evaluation Mechanism (NIEM) is a six-years long transnational project which aims to prepare key actors in the integration field in 15 EU Member States to better face the current challenges and improve the integration outcomes of beneficiaries of international protection.

NIEM will establish a mechanism for a biennial, comprehensive evaluation of the integration of beneficiaries of international protection to provide evidence on gaps in integration standards, identify promising practices and evaluate the effects of legislative and policy changes.

NIEM is developed against the background of the changing legal environment on international protection both at national and European levels, induced by the high numbers of new arrivals in the recent years.

The project endeavours to provide evidence on some of the most burning discussions concerning these changes: Are EU standards on integration of beneficiaries of international protection well implemented? How are they impacting integration policies? Are policies aimed at beneficiaries of international protection having an impact on successful integration? What are the challenges and good practices, and which policy gaps need to be addressed?

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Report on the evaluation of the integration of beneficiaries of international protection


This report is the result of the first of the three planned rounds of evaluation – the so-called baseline evaluation, comprising 186 indicators from different areas of integration. The next evaluation will be carried out in 2019 and then again in 2021, both followed by the release of national reports as well as a joint European report comparing the reviewed dimensions of the integration policies of all 14 countries participating in the NIEM project. The report covers the situation until 31 December 2016, the data were collected in 2017 and the report was written in 2018.

The report is addressed to representatives of the public administration, academic and research centers, groups of experts, non-governmental organizations and all others dealing with migration and integration issues. We hope that the report will be of interest to you and will provide a good basis for policy-making and deepening the knowledge on the integration of beneficiaries of international protection.

National Report Slovenia

The European benchmark for refugee integration: A comparative analysis of the National Integration Evaluation Mechanism in 14 EU countries

The European benchmark for refugee integration

The report presents a comparative, indicator-based assessment of the refugee integration frameworks in place in 14 countries: Czechia, France, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden. Conclusions cover the full range of integration dimensions, such as housing, employment, education and aspects of legal integration, and refer to recognized refugees and beneficiaries of subsidiary protection. Legal and policy indicators are the focus of analysis, as well as indicators on mainstreaming, coordination and efforts to involve refugees and locals. Results are presented in terms of concrete steps that policymakers need to take in order to establish a refugee integration framework in line with the standards required by international and EU law.

The European benchmark for refugee integration


NIEM is led by IPA, the Institute of Public Affairs in Warsaw. MPG, the Migration Policy Group, is the coordinating research partner responsible for elaboration and further development of the NIEM indicators and the comprehensive comparative reports. Other strategic partners are the UNHCR Regional Representation for Central Europe and UNHCR Representation in Poland, the Polish Ministries of Interior and Administration and of Labour and Social Policy, and the University of Warsaw. Project partners conducting research and organising national coalitions in the 15 partner countries: