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There is a lack of data on living conditions and discrimination experiences of people of African descent in Germany. Official statistics and most large-scale surveys collect data on the so-called “migrant background” – a variable that is based on information on citizenship and country of birth. It is, however, not suited to capturing adequately the life perspectives and discrimination experiences of all Black, African and Afrodiasporic persons living in Germany. This lack of data was also criticised in the report of the Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent on its mission to Germany from 2017.
The #Afrozensus project contributes to closing this gap by collecting data on the human rights situation of people of African descent in Germany, from an intersectional perspective and based on self-identification.
The #Afrozensus project was initiated by the community-based organisation EOTO in cooperation with CFE. The goal was to examine the lives and discrimination experiences of people of African descent (including Black, African and Afrodiasporic people) living in Germany. The project was funded by Germany’s Federal Anti-Discrimination Agency. It is composed of an online survey among approximately 6,000 persons of the target groups aged 16+, which ran from July to September 2020. The questionnaire contained various modules. One of them was designed to capture, in detail, discrimination experiences based on different grounds, in all relevant areas of life. The survey was complemented by interviews and focus groups with experts from the health and education sector.
Throughout the research process, the project team paid special attention to the human rights-based principles of data collection, such as self-identification, transparency, privacy, voluntary participation and, especially, the participation of representatives of the target groups of the study (e.g. through community consultations).
The project is designed as a panel, and EOTO is planning to repeat the online survey in the future to measure anti-Black racism over time.
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