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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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Opportunistic Politicians in Bulgaria Evict Roma for Votes  

With elections looming, Bulgarian politicians are bulldozing Roma houses to win the votes of right-wing nationalists.

Roma Women Raise Their Collective Voice, and Mayors Listen

Life is challenging for Roma women in Albania, but a recent push for political organization may soon change that.

For Croatians, the Refugee Crisis Is Personal

During the wars of the 1990s, Croatia took in half a million displaced people, a memory that still lives on today as Europe’s refugees reach its borders.

What You Need to Know About the Refugee Crisis in Hungary

Inflammatory rhetoric about the refugees in Hungary is distorting a situation that’s not nearly as out of control as portrayed.

Why Europe’s “Roma Decade” Didn’t Lead to Inclusion

The Decade of Roma Inclusion aimed to close the gaps between Roma and the rest of society, but thanks to opportunistic politicians, some of those gaps are wider than ever.

Refugee Crisis Sparks Biggest Civic Response in Slovakia in Years

In Slovakia, online vitriol directed at the refugees is being drowned out by the chorus of support taking place on the ground.

Open Society People

Director, At Home in Europe Project
Open Society Foundation–London, Open Society Initiative for Europe
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