December 2022 Newsletter
European Commission adopts two proposals to strengthen equality bodies to combat discrimination in Europe

On 7 December, the European Commission adopted 2 proposals for new Directives to strengthen equality bodies so that they can more effectively combat discrimination in Europe.

More specifically, the proposals aim to enhance the powers, independence, resources, accessibility and effectiveness of national equality bodies by imposing binding standards.
Do higher-educated migrants face less discrimination? Not necessarily, according to a new study — out now

A new research study by MPG’s Head of Research, Giacomo Solano, Ben van Enk, and Özge Bilgili, explores the “discrimination paradox” across the European Union, which refers to the finding that higher-educated migrants perceive more discrimination compared to lower-educated migrants.

Higher-educated ethnic minority members perceive more discrimination compared to the lower-educated in countries in which education pays off less, both in terms of the financial returns of education and with respect to the levels of perceived overqualification.

MIPEX mentioned in an opinion article in The Washington Post on the worsening situation for migrants in the US

The article explains that even though the US ranks in the top ten countries of the MIPEX ranking since 2019, its score has fallen by two points due to an increase in inclusive migration policies in other countries, such as the United Kingdom and Canada.

According to the article, the Trump administration made it harder for persons trying to migrate to the US, while other countries became more tolerant and open to migrants.
Legal experts convene in Brussels to address inequality within the EU

On 2 December 2022, legal experts from across the EU gathered in Brussels for the annual seminar of the European Equality Law Network (EELN).

It brought together lawyers and legal experts active in the areas of equality and non-discrimination.
Attendees included representatives of the European Commission, a small number of selected European NGOs, as well as the members of the European network of legal experts in gender equality and non-discrimination.

“EELN is a network that provides information to the commission on the topic of discrimination, involving 36 countries and assessing the level of transposition and implementation of directives on the national level (in terms of gender equality and non-discrimination)” states Isabelle Chopin, Director of MPG and specialist coordinator of non-discrimination law.

Did you miss the SprINg Webinar on "Finding homes for newcomers: Housing solutions for people fleeing the war in Ukraine"? No problem — watch the recording here

On 14 December 2022, Alexander Wolffhardt, MPG's Deputy Director, alongside four other panellists, discussed the challenges and possible solutions related to housing for Ukrainian refugees in a SprINg webinar.

With affordable housing already a considerable challenge in many communities, host countries have worked creatively to scale up their capacity to accommodate new arrivals in a variety of ways, including enlarging reception centres, repurposing existing buildings such as gymnasiums, and encouraging private households to host newcomers.


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