The European Network against Racism (ENAR) launched its 2009-2010 Shadow Report on Racism in Europe on Monday 21 March 2011.
The 6th Shadow Report on Racism in Europe collects and synthesises the perspective of civil society on racism. The report brings together national shadow reports of ENAR members in order to present key trends, problems and improvements in the context of racism in Europe.
The report collected data on manifestations of racism in the areas of employment, housing, education, health, access to goods and services, policing, racist violence and the media across 27 National shadow reports produced by NGOs in 26 EU Member States and Croatia.
The report makes a number of key recommendations to governments, with an emphasis on taking a rights based approach to discrimination and racism; mainstreaming anti-discrimination and equality across all areas of policy; the importance of developing data collection mechanisms at the European and National levels and the need to involve civil society stakeholders in the drafting and implementation of policy formation and practices.
Chibo Onyeji, President of ENAR, asserted that "We still have a long way to go before reaching effective equality for all. It is crucial that decision makers retain a focus on racism and ensure equality of treatment, particularly in times where an essential negative approach to migration has meant that migrants, or individuals perceived as migrants, are often treated as second class persons."