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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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Case Watch: A Victory in Europe for Muslim Women’s Right to Wear a Headscarf

For the first time, the European Court of Human Rights has ruled in favor of a Muslim woman’s right to wear a headscarf.

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What Is Illiberal Civil Society?

Throughout much of the former Soviet Union, reactionary forces are using the tools and methods of civil society in order to attack people’s rights, weaken democracy, and roll back progress.

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Data Alone Won’t Stop Ethnic Profiling

While many police officers in Belgium recognize that ethnic profiling is real and harmful, acknowledging the problem is only the beginning. It’s time for law enforcement to move beyond words and make concrete policy changes.

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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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A Historic Moment for Europeans of African Descent

The European Parliament’s recognition of black Europeans’ contributions and structural disadvantages was overdue and welcome. But policymakers and civil society must keep working to build a more inclusive European future.

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A Step Forward for Equal Marriage Rights in the European Union

Same-sex spouses who married an EU migrant in an EU country must now be recognized as having the same residency rights as opposite-sex spouses across all 28 member states.