The US is among the top ten countries in the world when it comes to its immigrant-friendly policies, according to a new ranking.
The ranking comes after the Migration Integration Policy Index (MIPEX) released its international scorecard, which ranks the policy performance of 52 countries from five continents.
The US received a high score of 73, placing it sixth from the top in recognition of its comprehensive, immigrant-friendly policies that emphasize equal rights, opportunities, and security for newcomers.
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The MIPEX Index is an international benchmark for integration policies and the most used by policymakers, civil society, researchers, and the media. The policies that governments put in place affect how easily newcomers can find jobs, gain access to language and education opportunities, develop a sense of belonging, and grow to become citizens who participate fully in society.
According to MIPEX research, integration policies emerge as one of the strongest factors shaping the public’s willingness to accept and interact with immigrants, and immigrants’ own attitudes, sense of belonging, participation, and even health in their new home country.
The top ten countries with comprehensive approaches to integration include Sweden, Finland, Portugal, Canada, New Zealand, the USA, Norway, Belgium, Australia, and Luxembourg.