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Racial and ethnic minorities, immigration and the role of trade unions in combatting discrimination and xenophobia, in encouraging participation and in securing social inclusion and citizenship


Racial prejudice and xenophobia lead to social exclusion and discrimination at work: racial and ethnic minorities are more frequently unemployed or in lower-skilled jobs. Trade unions are significant voluntary voice organizations. This research examines their attempts to balance policies that restrict entry and improve conditions for existing workers with anes that primate participation, inclusion and anti-racism. Since unions are not homogeneous, it addresses the processes of union policy formation and articulation, looking at the different roles of members, activists and leaders. Likewise, experiences of discrimination vary between countries and sectors, so the research compares experiences in four EU Members and one Candidate country with different migration histories. It will improve understanding of anti-racism, help generalize 'best practice' and identify ways of involving more European citizens in creating greater social cohesion.

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