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The Issue of Racism in Europe Today

Racism is something that is being fought in most countries around the world but it still exists because it exists with individuals, and how they are raised. Some countries are significantly better than others at being tolerate to those that are different where as in some countries there are huge problems where it isn’t just the public but the government may be turning a blind eye as well. For Europe the majority of the racism is in the Eastern European countries such as the Czech Republic, Lithuania, Belarus, Ukraine, Italy, and more. But thanks to initiatives that many Europeans countries have implemented the hate crimes for many countries are going down but not all of them. As more and more people are moving around Europe it is bringing some of the hate to different countries so countries such as Finland are experiencing an increase in hate crime as there is more people that are considered outsiders by the nationals there. Finland reported their hate crimes over several years have went up by one thousand a year which is huge number.

Causes of Racism in Europe

For other countries it isn’t all outsiders that may experience racism as statistically the majority of the racism found in Europe is due to ethnic origins including religion. For countries such as France the majority of the population views it as bad for those of Muslim origin to move into the country. Other countries may still be fighting sentiments that were developed a long time ago leaving bitterness in much of the public’s heart such as Germany as even after they lost the world war and the Jews were freed they were still great discriminated against for years which is something Germany is still getting past. For a lot of the countries experiencing an increase of both immigration, and racism one must question if there is another driving factor?

Hidden Reasons for Racism

That driving factor could very well be money as poor nationals having a hard time finding work but seeing those that immigrated to the country with jobs may feel there is favoritism simply for the sake of acting tolerant; thus in the minds of those people it would be the immigrants taking jobs from them in a sense. In many of these countries it drives a force and a kind of racism that is simply there because they need money as well and if there are not enough jobs for the people already in the country why should those just moving to the country find them so easily? The European poor that are out of work and truly struggling don’t need handouts they a job where they can work and support their families to provide them with basic essentials for living.

Doing More than Banning Racism

There is no excuse for racism but in order for a government to attempt to correct the wrongs being done by its’ public it’s important to understand why that racism exists. Any government can make laws against racism but that doesn’t change the heart of the public who are trying to find work or don’t want their country being taken by another nationality, and even though they be irrational fears, they exist and are important to realize so that the public can be assured new people are not going to replace their country. Their country is simply opening its arms to learn of new cultures, to allow new cultures to learn and assimilate with them so ultimately they can all find common ground together.

European Anti-Poverty Network – Making a Difference, Changing Life

Poverty: the state or condition of having little or no money, goods, or means of support; condition of being poor. Poverty is clearly seen around the world; however the European Anti-Poverty Network is a strong force in changing this condition in the EU, improving the lives of those who suffer at its hands. The European Anti-Poverty Network has a full grasp of poverty’s meaning, and is fighting to remove it from society in order to give those in need a better quality of life. There are several key factors that make a person at risk to be defined as living in poverty, however most could not fathom that it would exist in a region such as the EU.

EAPN Working to Eradicate Poverty and Advocate for Those in Need

In the EU, poverty is of great concern no matter the form, absolute or relative. Absolute equates to those people lacking for the basic needs simply to survive, proper housing, sufficient clothing, nutrition, medicines. While relative equates to those that do not have the ability to live a normal quality of life simply because their income or education does not allow it.

A few of the key factors leading to an impoverished condition include unemployment or low-paying jobs, little education and skill, family types such as single parent households or larger families, women who tend to earn a lesser income, disabilities and health issues, immigrants and those living in disadvantaged communities are amongst the major key players leading to an impoverished condition. The EAPN is working to change those conditions and ensure the risks are eliminated.

EAPN Educates

Being at the helm of eradicating poverty, the EAPN has seen great strides when it comes to eliminating the stereotypes, raising awareness and combatting social exclusion where individuals are denied various rights, opportunities or resources that are readily available to those in a different socioeconomic status. Observance of human rights to all people despite their economic condition is a priority within the EAPN.

Addressing poverty issues at the core, raising public awareness, solid working partnerships, are pertinent to their cause and they utilize every resource possible. Tackling poverty and social exclusion require strategic planning of which the EAPN has in place, and is working to make the difference. Education plays a large role in this organization as they are enlightening people as a whole to understand the causes of poverty along with its serious consequences.

The Impact of Poverty on People and Families

Beings most do not fully understand the impact poverty has on people, families, the EAPN educates on how the circumstance highly affects not only the struggle to survive day-to-day, but how it affects a person’s overall health both physically and mentally. The organization does so by being the advocate, the voice against social injustice and the right to dignity.

Lobbying for the people does not only mean becoming that voice, or educating the public and government on how poverty is created and its harsh impact, it also means engaging the people who suffer. Assisting in national decision making, being a part of the process holds a greater impact for the cause. Helping to lobby for more effective policies, telling their stories, and the organizations involved seeing and hearing first hand by those affected, help guide the strategy on this war in the right direction. EAPN’s General Assembly provides the overall direction followed up by its Executive Committee and Bureau. Bringing together 31 anti-poverty networks working together to bring solutions, making the difference in the lives of the people.

The results of the European Anti-Poverty Network

Of course, changing lives has been the greatest result thus far, showing abundant signs of recovery. Structural reforms, strategic plans have proven evident results, focusing on skills and equal opportunity along with fair working conditions and supporting wage growth, the priorities of the EAPN remain unmoved.

  • New articles in the EU Treaties which are a set of international treaties between the European Union which have been developed and amended to the development of Social Protection.
  • Development of the EU Inclusion Strategy which pertains to Social Protection and Social Strategy including support and progress.
  • Adoption of the Partnership Principle in Structural Funds and ensuring this principle is implemented.
  • An increase in participation of impoverished people being recognized in the annual European of Meetings of People Experiencing Poverty.
  • 2010 being uniquely designated as the European Year for Combating Poverty and Social Exclusion.
  • Adopting and designed a European headline designated to reduce poverty in a what is called a Europe 2020 Strategy, an agenda for growth and employment which includes educational opportunity. This strategy overcomes structural weakness and helps to create a sustainable social economy.

These are just to name a few of the great strides the EAPN has made. They continue to change lives, break barriers, inspire the world, and make a vast difference.