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Equinet Conference: Inclusion of and discrimination against migrants in Europe - The contribution of equality bodies

October 25th 2017

On Thursday 7th December, Equinet organised a conference entitled "Inclusion of and discrimination against migrants in Europe - The contribution of equality bodies" in Brussels, Belgium.

According to the Migrant Integration Policy Index, non-EU citizens of working age make up 37% of those with lower educational attainments in Europe. Since 2008, their employment rates have dropped to 56.5%. In 2014, their risk of poverty or social exclusion increased to 49%, which is twice the level for EU citizens.

The EU MIDIS Survey of the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) also gives a grim picture of the very low rates of reporting of discrimination cases against people with an ethnic minority or immigrant background.

Equality bodies have the mandate to protect any victim of discrimination regardless of nationality, citizenship and migration status. At a challenging time marked by the rise of far-right parties, hate crime and hate speech, their contribution is essential to protect migrants from discrimination and support their inclusion.
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Objectives

This conference aimed to:

  • Explore the current context across Europe in relation to discrimination against migrants and the implications of this for the work of equality bodies,
  • Discuss what can be done at international, EU and national levels to improve inclusion of migrants and address discrimination against migrants,
  • Connect with stakeholders working on migrants’ rights and discuss ways of cooperating with them.

The conference built on the Equinet Factsheet & Compendium of Good Practices on Inclusion of Migrants, Refugees and Asylum Seekers, updated in November 2017.

Agenda



Summary



Speakers’ Presentations & Documents

OPENING SESSION

The EU-MIDIS II survey is available here.

SESSION 1 - Discrimination against migrants in Europe: State of play

Chair: Kirsi Pimiä, Member of the Equinet Executive Board & Non-Discrimination Ombudsman, Finland

SESSION 2: Panel discussion - Promising practices and ways forward

Chair: Isabelle Chopin, Migration Policy Group (MPG)

WORKSHOPS: Strengthening cooperation for better inclusion of migrants

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Inclusion of and discrimination against migrants in Europe - Brussels, 7 December 2017

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