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New research has shown that attitudes to immigration in Ireland became more negative during the recession, and are now lower than the Western European average. Personal experience and social contact are found to promote positive attitudes to immigration and migrants in Ireland.

The new study by entitled “Attitudes to Diversity in Ireland” draws on a survey of attitudes from the European Social Survey collected since 2002. It has found that the attitudes of Irish-born people to immigrants and immigration vary significantly over time, depending on the ethnicity of the migrants, on respondents’ education and financial security, and on the level of individual contact people have with those from different ethnic backgrounds.

The research published jointly by the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (‘the Commission’) and the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) looks at Ireland’s increasing diversity and monitors attitudes for the period from 2002-2014. The results for Ireland are also compared with averages from ten other Western European states.


This report by the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) shares evidence about sexual harassment in the workplace gathered from individuals and employers in Great Britain.


Office of the Ombudswoman in Croatia influenced an important policy change in aviation employment while further strengthening its cooperation with civil society.


2017 was a busy year for the Equal Treatment Authority (ETA) in Hungary. As part of its promotional functions, the national equality body has produced four publications, which are now also available in English. These include the ETA’s Manual on Preventing Workplace Harassment and on the Forms of Rights Enforcement , Harassment in the Area of Education , and the experience of ETA with discrimination in the area of education, as well as a survey report on legal awareness of the right to equal treatment in Hungary .


Dublin, 22 March 2018: Today, Equinet - European Network of Equality Bodies and the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission are hosting the conference Poverty and discrimination: two sides of the same coin in Dublin.


This is the final report of the Equality and Human Rights Commission’s (EHRC) research project looking at the effect of tax, welfare, social security and public spending.

Overall, changes to taxes, benefits, tax credits and Universal Credit (UC) announced since 2010 are regressive, however measured – that is, the largest impacts are felt by those with lower incomes. Those in the bottom two deciles will lose, on average, approximately 10% of net income, with much smaller losses for those higher up the income distribution.


Since 2013, there has been an enhanced focus on gender equality in Equinet’s work following the incorporation of the work of the former Network of Gender Equality Bodies (previously led and facilitated by the European Commission).
As laid out in the Gender Equal Treatment Directives, equality bodies are mandated to promote equality and combat discrimination in relation to gender.


The European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) today published its fifth report on Sweden in which it analyses legislatives issues, racist and homo-/transphobic hate speech and violence as well as integration policies. In the report, ECRI makes recommendations to the authorities (see also the Swedish version of the report).


In a report published today, the Council of Europe Anti-racism Commission ECRI calls on the Spanish authorities to create a strong independent equality body, to adopt new comprehensive anti-discrimination legislation and to improve the education of Roma and migrant children. The report also acknowledges significant progress in a number of areas.


Unia commissioned a study on equal opportunities in schools in the three communities across Belgium. The Education Diversity Barometer is the latest in a series of three studies, after the Employment (2012) and Housing (2014) Barometers.


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