MINELRES: For Diversity - Against Discrimination, 01/12/2009

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The 2009 Eurobarometer Survey

On Monday 9 November 2009, the European Commission published its third
Eurobarometer survey which aims to track perceptions of people in Europe
towards different forms of discrimination and diversity. 

This survey is the third in its kind and it was carried out between 29
May and 15 June 2009, with a sample of 26,756 people interviewed in 30
countries (the three Candidate Countries: Croatia, the Former Yugoslav
Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) and Turkey were included for the first

Basic findings and the impact of the economic recession
Discrimination on ethnic grounds (61%) is considered the most widespread
form of discrimination in the EU, followed by discrimination based on
age (58%) and disability (53%). While perceptions of ethnic
discrimination remain stable, there has been a significant increase in
the number of people who consider the most widespread to be
discrimination based on age (+16% points since 2008) and disability (+8%
points since 2008). 

According to the survey, the rise in perception of age discrimination is
clearly linked with the economic downturn. The survey also indicates
that nearly two thirds of the EU population (64%) expects the current
economic situation to lead to more age-based discrimination in the job
market. In addition to age discrimination, a majority of Europeans also
expects the crisis to lead to higher levels of discrimination on the
grounds of disability (56%) and ethnic origin (57%) on the job market.
There is also an expectation that the crisis is likely to have a
generally negative effect on action to tackle discrimination in terms of
political and financial priority given by governments. 

The poll also indicates that one in six (16%) people in Europe claim to
have personally experienced discrimination in the past year. In terms of
reporting cases of discrimination, most Europeans would first contact
the police (55%), while 35% would get in touch with the national
equality body and on average 27% would turn to the trade union. The
Commission points out that the trust in the organisations that tackle
discrimination varies enormously from one country to another. 

The Eurobarometer survey furthermore looked at factors influencing
people's attitudes to discrimination and concluded that a diverse social
network, being highly educated and belonging to a minority all greatly
raise awareness about discrimination issues.
The complete report
The Special Eurobarometer survey on discrimination  summary, report and
national Factsheets - can be downloaded from:

First French diploma on management of equality, non-discrimination and

The "Paul Verlaine" university in Metz created the first French
university diploma on "Management of equality, non-discrimination and
diversity " (DU GENDD). This diploma will be delivered following a
training session for employees and job applicants of 18 days during
January until June 2010. See programme (in French):
http://www.equalitynews.eu/nl2009/nl_nov09/programme_DUGENDD_2010.pdf .

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