Briefing on ‘The Impact of the Recession on Older Workers’

In December 2009 TAEN, Age Concern and Help the Aged, and CIPD published a briefing on ‘The Impact of the Recession on Older Workers’.

The recession has led to people of all ages facing redundancy, unemployment and significant challenges to get back to work. But for many older workers, particularly those who have been in employment for 20–30 years, redundancy can be a huge shock and they lack the skills needed to search for new employment in today’s environment.

This is one of the many factors that means once out of work, it is much harder for the over-50s, particularly men, to find a job again; and the longer they stay out of work, the worse their chances of working again become. For many over-50s this will result in an early and permanent retirement, denying them the opportunity to build up a decent pension and making them more dependent than on state benefits.

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ENAR paper on ‘Migration and Diversity’

In December 2009, the European Network against Racism (ENAR) published its ‘General Policy Paper No. 6: Migration and Diversity: A Rights-Based Approach to Migration’.

It is the product of ongoing concern and reflection regarding the development of progressive migration and integration policies, at a time when the EU institutions are considering a new programme for the design of EU policies in the area of justice and home affairs after 2010.

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European Union Minorities and Discrimination Survey

In December 2009, the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) published the results of its EU-MIDIS survey.

Addressing the lack of reliable and comparable data on minorities in many EU countries, the survey examines experiences of discriminatory treatment, racist crime victimisation, awareness of rights, and reporting of complaints. EU-MIDIS involved face-to-face interviews with 23,500 persons from selected immigrant and ethnic minority groups in all 27 Member States of the European Union. 5,000 persons from the majority population were also interviewed to compare the results.

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EHRC: ‘Good relations: a conceptual analysis’

In October 2009 the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC), published ‘Good relations: a conceptual analysis’ by Nick Johnson and John Tatam of the Institute of Community Cohesion. The report provides a conceptual basis for the development by the EHRC of a measurement framework for good relations.

It examines what is meant by good relations and how this reflects, or stems from, theoretical approaches and public policy, and begins to suggest ways in which good relations might be measured. The report identifies five potential ways in which good relations might be spelt out and thus measured: interactions with others; attitudes to others; participation and influence; personal security; and sense of belonging.

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