Jan Niessen (Brussels, Belgium)

Director, Migration Policy Group

Dr. Jan Niessen studied sociology at the Amsterdam Free University and is and director of the Brussels based Migration Policy Group, an independent policy agency. His professional activities include designing and conducting international comparative research projects, undertaking feasibility studies and establishing and managing international expertise networks. He advises public and private sector organisations at local, national and international levels on matters related to international migration, immigrant integration, anti-discrimination and diversity. He co-authored the EU Handbooks on Integration and created and managed on behalf of the European Commission the EU Website on Integration and the EU Immigration Portal. He created and co-authored the Migrant Integration Policy Index (MIPEX), is member of the Editorial Board of the European Journal of Migration and Law, was founding member of European Anti-discrimination Law Review and coeditor of the book series on immigration and asylum law and policy in Europe.