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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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Understanding Migration and Asylum in the European Union

The real crisis around migration is in Europe’s poor response to irregular migrants and asylum seekers, including the EU’s ability to keep people safe and secure.

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Which Steps Towards European Policies Against Anti-Gypsyism?

The Open Society Foundations, the German Federal Foreign Office, and the European Commission host a seminar encouraging policymakers to step up efforts combating prejudice against Roma communities.

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Five Migrants Struggle and Thrive in Italy’s Chaotic Reception System  

A series of short films shows a dysfunctional patchwork of migrant reception centers—and the lives of those forced to navigate it.

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How a Broken Economic System Keeps Roma Children in Special Schools  

Roma students are often funneled into special schools, but a door-to-door initiative is supporting parents who want a mainstream education for their children.

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How UK Politicians Laid the Groundwork for Brexit’s Hate Crime Surge

The wave of race-based crime unleashed by the Brexit vote is the result of societal intolerance cultivated by British leaders for years.

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The Immigration Detention Puzzle

Many countries have conflicting, secretive policies on detaining migrants and asylum seekers. More transparency would make these systems work better for everyone.

Open Society People

Asia Pacific Regional Manager
Open Society Foundation–London, Asia Pacific Regional Office
Jordi Vaquer
Regional Director, Europe / Co-Director
Open Society Initiative for Europe, Open Society Initiative for Europe