Racism(s) in Europe Today: Is Better Data Collection the Solution?

7 Mar 2013 12:00
7 Mar 2013 14:30

This event will gather academics and civil society organisations (migrant, faith-based, and anti-discrimination organisations) to launch the European Network Against Racism's (ENAR) publication 'Recycling hatred: Racism(s) in Europe Today'. This publication emanates from the ENAR symposium ‘Varieties of European Racism(s)’, which took place in September 2012 in Brussels, and which was supported by the Open Society Foundations and the European Union Programme for Employment and Social Solidarity - PROGRESS (2007-2013). One of the main conclusions from the symposium and publication is that the lack of official data disaggregated by ethnicity makes it difficult to pinpoint and to tackle racism and discrimination efficiently. There are many ideological, technical and legal barriers to overcome before making any effective progress in measuring discrimination and equality in Europe. This is why ENAR has decided to make the adoption of a European strategy on data collection disaggregated by ethnicity a priority for the coming years.

This policy forum will start with a brief overview of the discussion and recommendations that are portrayed in the publication. The burning issue of disaggregated ethnic data collection will then be debated by its supporters and opponents, questioning whether this can really be used as a tool for measuring (in)equality and progress made in Europe in general and in Belgium in particular. Using a fishbowl methodology, participants will be invited to join in the debate and to share their expertise and concerns on the issue.

By this publication and event, ENAR and IES want to contribute to a better understanding of European racism(s) influencing the lives and realities of ethnic and religious minorities and migrants as well as to advance progress on equality measures and build on the collective knowledge of academics and activists alike.


12:00 - 12:30 Lunch reception
12:30 - 12:40
Welcome and greeting
Ilke Adam, Senior Researcher, Institute for European Studies
12:40 - 12:50
Contextualization of ENAR publication
Andreas Hieronymus, Bureau Member, Representative of the Northern Region, ENAR
12:50 - 13:00
Policy recommendations
Shannon Pfohman, Deputy Director – Policy, ENAR
13:00 - 14:15

Fishbowl Debate: ‘Is data collection a threat or a chance for Europe to fight against racism?’
Moderated by Shannon Pfohman, Deputy Director - Policy, ENAR
Pia Lindholm, Equal Treatment Legislation, European Commission
Julie Ringelheim, Senior Researcher in Human Rights Law, Louvain University
Andreas Hieronymus, Institut für Migrations und Rassismusforschung, Germany
Tara Dickman, Collective against ethnic profiling “Stop le contrôle au faciès”, France
Michael Privot, Director, ENAR
14:15 - 14:30

Wrap up and Way Forward How can we co-operate and build coalitions? Together we are complementary and stronger
Michael Privot, Director, ENAR

Registration & Venue

The policy forum will be conducted in English and is free of charge, but due to limited space, registration is compulsory. Register online!

Institute for European Studies
Karel Van Miert Building
Conference Room Rome
Pleinlaan 5
1050 Brussels
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ENAR - European Network against Racism
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