José Antonio Moreno Díaz, President of the FRRL Group
"In the recent years, we have witnessed an alarming rise in the occurrence of discrimination linked to recent challenging events, such as the humanitarian and asylum crisis, the economic crisis, the rise of populism and so on.
This shows that discrimination is not an isolated problem, it is a symptom that indicates that society is not doing well. Therefore, we need to pay close attention to discrimination and how it manifests.
The EESC is, through its work, ready to analyse and to convey the major problems that are triggering discrimination and the possible remedies to those problems. By addressing discrimination, we can help promote European Values."
Question: What can be done to tackle discrimination in the EU, in particular in relation with ethnicity, religion or migrant status?
Ojeaku Nwabuzo, Senior Research Officer, Europen Network Against Racism (ENAR)
"There are many things that can be done to tackle racial discrimination into the EU. We must understand how policies, practices and positions can create discriminative impact on minority groups. Once we understand how discrimination works, we can find better solutions to these forms of discrimination. I would also say that we need to regularly collect data and information on outcomes of racialised groups, for example look at access to employment for minority groups and how, for example how much they are earning in their jobs, what kind of qualifications they have, and see if these groups are being discriminated against. Once we collect this kind of equality data, we can then find good policy solutions to respond to the discrimination."
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