Beyond ’refugees welcome’: what will EU Member States do to protect refugees and migrants from violence and discrimination?

Following the EU Justice and Home Affairs Ministers’ reluctance to agree on an immediate and straightforward relocation plan, ENAR calls EU Member States to firmly respect fundamental rights and non-discrimination when designing their migration and asylum plans.

15 September 2015

A toxic xenophobic and Islamophobic narrative has led to a number of incidents targeting migrants, refugees and people perceived as such, as shown in this map providing a snapshot of incidents of racist discourse and violence against migrants in EU Member States over the last year.

Demeaning speeches by politicians, discriminatory practices by national authorities and disturbing violent incidents targeting migrants and ethnic and religious minorities prove that no migration agenda will be successful if further sanctions against anti-migrant sentiment and racist attacks are not mainstreamed throughout all current measures.

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