While there are various projects that measure the implementation of a range of human rights and recent projects that assess migration policies across a number of countries, there exists a lack of comparable data to assess the laws and policies that affect the human rights of all migrants. Because the IMBR is a unique framework for the protection of the rights of all categories of migrants, indicators based on the IMBR can guide the collection of data and research that can fill this gap. The IMBR Indicators allow researchers to benchmark legal protections for migrants in individual countries.

The World Bank's KNOMAD Initiative has commissioned the first application of the IMBR indicators, as part of its program of rigorous and objective research on the structures of rights protections worldwide.