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.
Through support from the World Bank and KNOMAD, the IMBR Initiative piloted the indicators in five principal destination States: Germany, Mexico, Russia, South Africa, and Turkey. The results represent a powerful tool for identifying common legal baselines and benchmarking State compliance with the law and, through this, identifying specific areas to change State practice. The IMBR Initiative is now seeking to expand this project beyond these initial pilot countries.