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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

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.

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.

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.

History Shows That Europe Can Handle a Refugee Influx

Looking back and comparing her experience to that of refugees today, one woman sees her case as a textbook example of how things should work.

The Slow-Motion Legal Disaster Unfolding within the Refugee Crisis

Many refugees fleeing Syria find themselves in a legal black hole. Now a Jordan-based organization is helping them piece their identities back together.

The Importance of Getting Roma Children into School Early

A new report details how early childhood education can benefit Roma youth—and why they have trouble accessing it.

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