FRA attended a conference on 9 July 2019 on the theme of ‘Racism, Xenophobia and Ethnic and Racial Discrimination in Portugal’, organised by the Portuguese Parliament’s Subcommittee for Equality and Non-Discrimination of the Committee of Legal Affairs, Rights, Freedoms and Guarantees (1st Committee).
A preliminary report on the subject was presented by rapporteur and MP Catarina Marcelino. The President of the Subcommittee for Equality and Non-Discrimination, MP Elza Pais invited FRA to address the subject from the Agency’s point of view. FRA gave a presentation based on its findings from the Second EU Minorities and Discrimination survey, on experiences of racial and ethnic discrimination of Roma and People of African descent in Portugal.
The Conference gave an overall insight into racism, xenophobia and ethnic and racial discrimination in Portugal, and how it compares in a broader context at the European level. The final contributions from the invited speakers and organizations will be included in a report to be presented before the Committee of Constitutional Affairs, Rights Freedoms and Guarantees before the end of July 2019 by MP Catarina Marcelino.