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RAXEN8: An Exciting Research Programme for the Department of Sociology


raxenimage8_forweb.jpgThe EU Agency for Fundamental Rights (formally known as the European Monitoring Centre on Racism and Xenophobia (EUMC)), based in Vienna, is a statutory body serving the EU, EC and European Parliament.

Its main function is to collate data and conduct research informing European policy on all matters associated with racism, antisemitism, Islamophobia and xenophobia.

A major focus of their work is on:

  • the nature and levels of racist violence;
  • abuse and harassment;
  • discrimination against settled minority ethnic populations;
  • refugees and asylum seekers;
  • Gypsies, the Roma, and Traveller communities.

Its mandate is vast, especially since it encompasses all 25 EU Member States. In order to assist its data gathering and research function, therefore, it appoints what it calls National Focal Points (NFPs) in each Member State.

The Sociology Department at Warwick [via the Centre for Rights, Equality, and Diversity - CRED] was selected as the UK arm of the FRA from 2005 to 2010. This is a particularly important achievement for the Department as it provides a direct link into high-level European policy debates and research networks. Since 2010, CRED has beeb responsible for the FRA Comparative Project. This involves undertaking a series of projects which now analyse FRA's EU-wide work.


Recent UK NFP Reports


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