Evidence of ethnic minorities’ experiences of racist crimes and ethnic profiling requires urgent attention

ENAR’s reaction to the findings of the survey on minorities’ experiences of discrimination in the European Union published by the EU Fundamental Rights Agency on 6 December.

6 December 2017

Reacting to the findings of the survey on minorities’ experiences of discrimination in the European Union published by the EU Fundamental Rights Agency today, Michael Privot, Director of the European Network Against Racism (ENAR), said:

"The findings of this survey echo the pervasive discrimination experienced by ethnic and religious minorities across Europe that we have been highlighting for years.

The increase in racist crime, with people of African descent and Roma experiencing the highest levels, is particularly worrying and requires urgent attention from EU Member States. We need to stop the sense of impunity by properly investigating racist crime, sanctioning perpetrators and ensuring victims are able to report crimes.

The results on ethnic profiling in police stop-and-search practices are also appalling, and in particular target young Black and North African men. These practices are discriminatory and ineffective, and call for EU action to put an end to racial bias in policing, for instance by providing guidance to Member States on fair and efficient policing.

Now we have proof of wide-scale racial discrimination across Europe, what are the EU and its Member States waiting for to adopt effective and targeted measures to tackle racism and discrimination ?”

Background

The Second European Union Minorities and Discrimination Survey (EU-MIDIS II) is the second minorities and migrants survey carried out by the EU Fundamental Rights Agency. The survey asked about experiences of discrimination, harassment, police stops, and rights awareness, as well as markers of integration, such as the sense of belonging and trust in public institutions, and openness towards other groups.

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