Reality bites: Experiences of immigrants and minorities in the EU

On 6 December 2017 the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) will host the conference Reality bites: Experiences of immigrants and minorities in the EU. During the event, new findings from FRA’s second European Union Minorities and Discrimination Survey will be revealed.

The event is being organised jointly with the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the EU, the European Commission, to coincide with the 4th meeting of its High Level Group on combating racism, xenophobia and other forms of intolerance, the EEA and Norway Grants, as well as the EU Council's Secretariat General.

The findings are based on interviews with over 25,500 people with ethnic minority or immigrant backgrounds from all 28 EU Member States on their experiences of discrimination and victimisation. It also collected information on income and living conditions and issues related to social inclusion and participation.

It builds on the Agency’s first such survey in 2008 and identifies general trends that will provide policy makers with the necessary comparable data on the impact of their laws and policies on the ground.

The event will run from 9 till 16.30 in which speakers and panelists ranging from duty bearers and policy makers to minority group members themselves will explore the findings presented by FRA. The panel debates will examine what can be done to address the issues raised focusing on:

  1. Discrimination and rights awareness;
  2. Victimisation and policing;
  3. Social inclusion, cohesion, participation and belonging.

Participants will be encouraged to pose questions, give their views and make suggestions about how Europe should tackle the pervasive discrimination and hate crime that jeopardises the strong sense of belonging migrant and minority group otherwise feel towards the countries they now live in.

The event will also draw on the already published findings that looked specifically at some of the experiences of Roma and Muslim immigrants and their EU-born children.