Reality bites: Experiences of immigrants and minorities in the EU

Organised By
FRA, EU Council, Estonian Presidency, EEA & Norway Grants
Joint event
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.

Nearly a decade ago, the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) uncovered shocking levels of racist discrimination and hatred towards minority groups across the EU from its European Union Minorities and Discrimination Survey. But what is the situation today?

During this conference FRA will unwrap the results from its second survey. It 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 Secretariat General of the Council of the European Union.

Conference highlights:

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.

Findings will reveal:

  • How widespread discrimination towards different minority groups across different areas of daily life really is;
  • How common racist harassment and violence is;
  • How often discrimination and hate crime are reported;
  • How frequent police stops are;
  • How strongly attached minority groups feel towards the country they live in;
  • Their levels of social inclusion and participation;
  • And the impact of discrimination and victimisation is having on their sense of belonging.

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.

Two thematic reports with selected survey findings on Roma and Muslims already published give a sense of some of the issues.