One in Four Migrants Is a Victim of Racism; Niall Crowley: Challenge for Irish

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Byline: Helen Bruce

ONE in four migrants claim they have experienced discrimination in thelast two years,according to a national report.

And the rate of reported discrimination rose sharply to almost one in threewhere migrants were of black, Asian or other ethnicity.

In addition, one in eight of Irish adultsincluding the disabled, the jobless, and the youngsay they have also suffered similar treatment.

Discrimination was most likely to occur when seeking work, accessing housingand using financial services such as banks, and insurance services, said theESRI and the Equality Authority.

Niall Crowley, chief executive of the Equality Authority, said this posed areal challenge to creating succesfully integrated Ireland.

Ethnic groups and non-Irish nationals are, however, not the only ones toexperience discrimination.

One in five of people with disabilities, almost one in three of the unemployedand a quarter of lone parents also said they had been treated negatively in thepast two years. Young people were also likely to experience discrimination inrestaurants, bars, banks and shops.

The unemployed are not covered by the equality legislation but they emerge fromthis report as particularly vulnerable to discrimination, Mr Crowley said.

This suggests the need to review and broaden the grounds covered by theequality legislation, in particular through including a socioeconomic statusground.

The results are based on new analysis of the CSOs Quarterly National HouseholdSurvey: Equality Module. They show that the highest rates of reporteddiscrimination occurred while looking for work (5.8 per cent) and in theworkplace, 4.8 per cent. …