Equality in Europe

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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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In a Time of Turmoil, a Path to Roma Self-Determination

Despite facing unprecedented crises today, Roma communities can draw on their collective strength and shared history to wrest control of their own futures.

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Why Europe Can No Longer Afford to Ignore Inequality

A new report sheds light on the driving forces behind the rising wealth gap. Left unaddressed, the divide won’t just affect those at the bottom; it will mean a more fractious and unstable future for all.

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Case Watch: How a Decision on Danish Naturalization Law Leaves Issues Unresolved

A ruling from the European Court of Human Rights glosses over the human story of a torture survivor's long struggle with stupefying bureaucracy.

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How a Holocaust Commemoration Can Be a Starting Point for Today’s Roma Advocacy

When a critical mass of Roma citizens learn their history, they can forge their own sense of identity—and use it to inform their activism.

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How One Man Made Greece a More Welcoming Place for Refugees  

When Vasilis Tsartsanis noticed Syrian refugees arriving in his town, he decided to help them, an act of kindness that would change their lives—and his own.

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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.