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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 .

 

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.

 

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.

 

The Equality Commission for Northern Ireland carries out regular equality awareness surveys which look at public attitudes to equality groups, perceptions and support for equality issues, and awareness of equality and anti-discrimination issues, rights and protections. The findings of their 2016 survey on social attitudes and perceptions of equality in Northern Ireland have just been released. The survey follows similar studies in 2005, 2008 and 2011, which allows some comparisons on attitudinal change to be drawn.

 

On the occasion of the Institute’s fifteenth anniversary, a conference and prize-giving ceremony was held, along with the launch of a publication that looks back on the Institute’s origins, sketches out its daily activities and functions and provides a glimpse of the future.

 

The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has published “Sexual harassment and the law: Guidance for employers.” Experiencing sexual harassment is one of the most difficult situations a person can face in the workplace. No workplace is immune to sexual harassment and a lack of reported cases does not necessarily mean that they have not occurred. Recent high-profile testimonies and sharing of experiences on social media have highlighted sexual harassment in a range of workplaces, and the real barriers that many experience in reporting it.

 

In Belgium, your origin still largely determines your success in the labour market. That recurring observation is unacceptable for Unia. The third Socioeconomic Monitor has just been published. This report is the result of a two-year cooperation between the Federal Public Service and Unia. The report includes an inventory of the population aged between 18 and 64 and combines data on their origins and migration background with information about their position on the labour market in the period 2008-2014.

 

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