Council of Europe’s Anti-Racism Commission publishes new report on Luxembourg
[21/02/2012] [Luxemburg] [Bericht] [Englisch]
Beitrag von : Integration Expert
Autoren : European Commission Against Racism and Intolerance
The European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) today published its new report on Luxembourg. ECRI’s Chair ad interim, François Sant’Angelo, said that, while there have been positive developments, issues of concern persist. For example inequalities in employment remain and the Centre for Equal Treatment (Centre pour l’égalité de traitement - CET) should be strengthened.
In 2006, Luxembourg introduced legislation against racial discrimination and in 2008 the CET was set up as the Luxembourg body with the task to promote, analyse and monitor equality of treatment between all persons without discrimination on grounds of, among others, “race” or ethnic origin, religion or other beliefs. The 2008 law on free movement of persons and immigration simplified the system for granting work permits to foreigners.
However, the need to pass a test on spoken Letzeburgisch is an obstacle to the acquisition of Luxembourg nationality for a number of foreigners. The school drop-out rate is particularly high among foreign pupils. The division of labour among several bodies combating racial discrimination is problematic, since their terms of reference overlap in some cases. The ethnic origin or the language spoken by a person arrested continue to be mentioned in the media without its being necessary for the understanding of the news.
Source : ECRI