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

October 25th 2017

Thursday 7th December 2017 (09:00 – 16:00)

On Thursday 7th December, Equinet is organising the conference "Inclusion of and discrimination against migrants in Europe - The contribution of equality bodies" in Brussels, Belgium. Registration is open until Friday 24th November.

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 gave a first 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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This conference will aim 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.


This Equinet conference is aimed at senior experts from National Equality Bodies, as well as from EU and international institutions and agencies, representatives from NGOs, national ministries, NHRIs and Ombudsman institutions, policy and legal experts, social partners and other organisations active in the field of equality and migration.

Draft agenda

Practical information

The conference will take place at:

Husa President Park
Boulevard du Roi Albert II 44


Registration is open until Wednesday 29th November here.

For more information

Please contact Jessica Machacova, Membership & Policy Officer.