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Research & projects

The FRA engages in legal and social science research to pinpoint practices within the EU that show promise in their adherence, promotion and respect for fundamental rights and to identify areas where there remains work to be done to meet internationally accepted standards.

These standards are found in the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union, which sets forth a binding list of rights for the EU and its Member States when interpreting and applying EU law. Reference is also made to treaties and other instruments of the Council of Europe and the United Nations.

To ensure the comparability of findings, FRA research typically covers all EU Member States. Comparable data are crucial to portraying comprehensively the situation on the ground. The FRA may, however, limit its work to selected EU Member States when, for example: a topic is not relevant to all EU Member States; it is testing a new research questionnaire; or resources are limited.

Projects

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EU Survey on Immigrants and Descendants of Immigrants

Status: 
Ongoing
The survey will collect comparable data in 15 EU Member States – Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Spain and Sweden – from immigrants and descendants of immigrants. The survey asks about their experiences in different areas of life – ranging from employment to crime victimisation – through the lens of fundamental rights.

Roma Survey 2020

Status: 
Ongoing
The Roma Survey 2020 will collect comparable data in eight selected Member States (Croatia, Czechia, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Portugal, Romania and Spain) and two accession countries (North Macedonia and Serbia). Roma will be asked a wide range of questions about their everyday life, including their socio-economic situation and their experiences of discrimination, harassment and violence – including any racially-motivated incidents.

The impact of counter-terrorism legislation on fundamental rights

Status: 
Ongoing
The project will provide evidence-based advice to the European Commission and other EU institutions as well as EU Member States on the fundamental rights impact of counter-terrorism legislation, focusing on Directive (EU) 2017/541 on combating terrorism.