The IMPIC Project

Immigration Policies in Comparison

Over the last two decades both immigration politics and research on
immigration issues have become very important. So far, there is however
no dataset that would allow researchers to systematically investigate
immigration policies across a large sample of countries. The aim of the
Immigration Policies in Comparison (IMPIC) project is therefore to
create a set of sophisticated quantitative indices to measure
immigration policies in all OECD countries and for the time period
1980-2010. By means of this new dataset the causes and effects of
immigration policies will be studied more systematically.

The Immigration Policies in Comparison (IMPIC) project is led by Marc Helbling at the WZB Berlin Social Science Center and funded by the Emmy-Noether program of the German Research Foundation for the period 2011-2016. So far first conceptual papers have been published that can be found below and the data collection has been finished. First analayses will be posted soon on this webpage.

You find the project webpage here. For an overview of the conceptualization of the database see here.

The following people have so far contributed to this project: Liv Bjerre, Friederike Römer, Malisa Zobel, Anne Bohm, Florian Eyert, Maren Hahnen, Jonas Kahle, Gregory Kerr, Jakob Oxenius, Andrea Pürckhauer and Hannah Schilling.


Special Issues/Edited Volumes

Marc Helbling, Liv Bjerre, Friederike Römer and Malisa Zobel (eds.) (2013): “How to measure immigration policies”, Migration
and Citizenship. Newsletter of the American Political Science
Association. Organized Section on Migration and Citizenship
, 1(2). Link.

Maarten Vink and Marc Helbling (eds.) (2013): “The Use and Misuse of
Policy Indices in the Domain of Citizenship and Integration”, Comparative European Politics 11(5). Link.

Rainer Bauböck and Marc Helbling (2011) (eds.): Which indicators are
most useful for comparing citizenship policies? RSCAS Working Paper
2011/54 (European University Institute, Robert Schuman Centre for
Advanced Studies, EUDO Citizenship Observatory). Link

Journal Articles and Book Chapters

Marc Helbling, Liv Bjerre, Friederike Römer and Malisa Zobel (2016):
“Measuring Immigration Policies: The IMPIC Database.”, European Political Science (forthcoming). Link.

Liv Bjerre, Marc Helbling, Friederike Römer and Malisa Zobel (2015):
“Conceptualizing and Measuring Immigration Policies. A Comparative
Perspective”, International Migration Review (online first). Link.

Marc Helbling (2013): “Validating Integration and Citizenship Policy Indices”, Comparative European Politics 11(5): 555-576. Link.

Marc Helbling (2015): “Immigration, Integration and Citizenship
Policies: Indices, Concepts and Analyses”, in Gary P. Freeman and Nikola
Mirilovic (eds.): Handbook of Migration and Social Policy. Edward Elgar