ENAR’s Election Analysis - Ethnic minorities in the new European Parliament 2019-2025

The European Network Against Racism (ENAR) analysed racial and ethnic minority representation following the results of the 2019 European Parliament elections.

4 June 2019

This review encompasses (A) total racial, ethnic and religious minorities, or all of those racialised in their countries and (B) people of colour, all those racialised as ‘non-white’, with origins outside of Europe.

Reviewing results from the 28 EU Member States amounting to 751 MEPs, we found that racial/ethnic minorities are hugely underrepresented according to proportion of population.

We estimate that racial and ethnic minorities make up at least 10% of the European Union population, but make up:

  • 5% (approximately 36 MEPs) of the total elected MEPs on the election lists - After Brexit, this figure will reduce to 4%.
  • People of colour specifically amounted to only 4% (approximately 30) of the total elected MEPs - After Brexit reducing to 3% (24).

- Read the full election analysis

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