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Equality in Europe

Over the past 50 years, Europe has undergone dramatic social and economic shifts. Ethnic diversity has increased, yet so too has inequality. As a result some groups feel marginalized from society—in education, health care, employment, and other areas of everyday life. We work with local communities and policy makers to support full equality, political participation, and opportunities for all.

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Recent Work

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Slovenia Built a “Corridor” to Move Refugees Straight Through the Country

Inside the legally questionable system that funnels migrants through Slovenia as if they were never there.

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Two Milestones Put Romani Cultural Discourse in the Hands of Roma Themselves  

For too long, Romani studies have been dictated by non-Roma “experts.” In 2015, a pair of breakthrough achievements shifted that paradigm dramatically.

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Long Skeptical of Foreigners, Slovenia Struggles to Navigate the Refugee Crisis

In a country where excluding outsiders is part of the national identity, an influx of refugees is testing hearts and minds.

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Mapping a Path to Tolerance During a Time of Fear

In the aftermath of the Paris attacks, Jews, Muslims, and other marginalized groups came together for a landmark EU-level discussion on combating discrimination in Europe.

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Unaccompanied Minors Struggle to Navigate a Chaotic Asylum System

A chaotic, dysfunctional system awaits young refugees entering Europe alone, pushing many of them onto the street or into forced labor.

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The Countries That Gave Me a Second Chance as a Refugee

When Soviet troops invaded Czechoslovakia in 1968, this man faced violence and the loss of his family. But the countries that offered him refuge changed his life.

Open Society People

Regional Manager
Open Society Foundation–London
Jordi Vaquer
Director, Open Society Initiative for Europe
Open Society Initiative for Europe, Open Society Foundations–Spain
Senior Policy Analyst, Equality and Migration; Advocacy Manager, Italy
Open Society European Policy Institute