EU must fight discrimination

23/04/2009

Discrimination and racism are much more present in Europe than official statistics show, according to a report from the EU Fundamental Rights Agency.

37 percent of immigrants and minorities participating in the survey said they had encountered discrimination during the past year, but few made legal complaints. Many do not trust government, the study also showed.

EU decision-makers should take the report very seriously indeed. Many government have toughened their stand on immigration during the last few years, whereas there has been too little progress in fighting discrimination and promoting the rights of people from third countries living within the EU.

Instead, current EU policies against terrorism could contribute to increased marginalisation of immigrants, as I have argued earlier on OpenDemocracy.

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