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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.


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Strengthening guardianship for unaccompanied children

Children who are deprived of parental care and who are third-country nationals are in need of special protection, and are entitled to be assigned a person who assists them throughout all proceedings. This project continues FRA's work on guardianship for unaccompanied children by looking at guardianship and legal representation systems in all 27 EU Member States, plus North Macedonia and Serbia. It also includes the development of a training manual for trainers of guardians.

EU Survey on Immigrants and Descendants of Immigrants

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.