The European Racism Monitoring report has criticised the lack in most of the EU’s Member States of the data necessary to monitor how social and economic policies affect their ethnic communities. This can result in discrimination going unnoticed and receiving inadequate response, it said.
The report found that only Britain and Finland had comprehensive systems to collect data on racist violence and crime, and that Greece, Spain, Italy, Cyprus and Malta had no official data for 2004-2005. It noted that Jews continued to be targeted by racist acts and that an increased number of physical attacks on Muslims was recorded in some countries. The report pointed to serious discrimination in labour and housing markets, and said partial or total segregation of minorities in schools remained common in many parts of the EU.