The Labour Migration Policy Index (LMPI) aims to assess on a
national level the mechanisms which allow employers to meet
their labour needs, and which provide favourable conditions for
migrant workers. The LMPI focuses on assessing the formal rules and regulations of labour migration programmes, as opposed to actual policy implementation and migration outcomes, which are more difficult to evaluate.
The LMPI considers two fields of labour migration policy --
Administration and Entry Mechanisms, and Migrant Worker
Entitlements. Each of these two fields is divided into two ‘macro
indicators’, for example, ‘Administrative mechanisms’ and ‘Entry
The LMPI only assesses migration programmes in a limited
number of countries. In order to ensure some geographical
balance, research has been conducted on the following thirteen
countries: Australia, Canada, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, New
Zealand, Norway, Singapore, Spain, the United Arab Emirates, the
United Kingdom and the United States.