Without measuring the extent of discrimination and inequalities in Europe, it is difficult to tackle them effectively. Equality data can provide powerful tools against discrimination and exclusion, shedding light on the situation of groups that are at risk of discrimination. We are calling for more data to measure discrimination and ensure equality in outcome.
Every day ethnic and religious minorities face racist crime and violence across the EU. They are not targeted randomly by perpetrators, but simply because of who they are or perceived as. Racist crimes must be recorded, reported, investigated, prosecuted and result in criminal sanctions.
Some counter-terrorism measures and policing practices can be discriminatory and are having a disproportionate and damaging impact on ethnic and religious minorities and migrants in Europe. We need inclusive security and policing policies grounded in human rights, equality and long term social inclusion.
Discrimination is a major obstacle for ethnic and religious minorities and migrants in Europe. Employment is the main path to social inclusion and ethnic and religious minorities must therefore have the possibility to fully participate in the labour market.
Migrants in the European Union face human rights violations and discrimination as well as xenophobic violence which is fuelled by hate speech. The fight against racism has become a top priority in the current migration and integration debate.
People of African descent experience widespread racism and discrimination across the EU and in all areas of life, including employment, education, policing and the criminal justice system. Recognising and addressing Afrophobia as a specific form of racism is essential to ensure their inclusion in Europe.
Roma in Europe are denied basic human rights and victims of widespread discrimination, racist attacks and hate speech. Structural and institutional racism against Roma, known as Antigypsyism, is a root cause of their exclusion across Europe. Tackling this is essential to ensure Roma can become equal citizens in European societies.
Muslims or those perceived to be Muslim suffer from discrimination, stigmatisation and exclusion in all areas of life such as employment, education, vocational training, services and political participation, but also from racist violence and speech, especially on the internet. Islamophobia is a specific form of racism that must be tackled.
Antisemitism is still a reality for many European Jews, who increasingly experience insults, discrimination, harassment, attacks against properties and physical violence. Antisemitism must be combatted to ensure well-being, security and equality of outcome of Jews in Europe.