Unemployed, disabled and Travelers ‘more likely to face discrimination’

Unemployed people, people with disabilities, non-Catholics, non-Irish people and young adults had a higher likelihood of having experienced some form of discrimination in the previous two years, according to a report.

The study compiles data from a number of sources to provide information on the experience of discrimination reported by three groups – people aged 18 and over, children aged 12 to 17 and people travel and the Roma.

The report also provides findings on attitudes and perceptions regarding discrimination in society.

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It found that from 2004 to 2019, 12% to 18% of adults said they had experienced some form of discrimination in the previous two years, most often when accessing services.

Among adults who have experienced some form of discrimination, only a third said they understood their rights under equality legislation ‘well’.

A majority of adult victims of discrimination have “done nothing”.

In the Health Behavior and School-Aged Children (HBSC) study of children aged 12 to 17, children most often reported receiving unfair treatment because of “age “.

Certain groups such as girls, children with disabilities, immigrant children and Traveler children were more likely to experience unfair treatment on specific grounds than the general population.

In the National Traveler Community Survey, a majority of travelers said they had experienced discrimination from gardaí and staff in pubs and hotels, although a smaller proportion of travelers said they had experienced it. victim in the past year.

In the Six Country Roma and Travelers Survey, Travelers living in Ireland were more likely than the survey average to have experienced discrimination because they were Roma or Travelers over the past 12 months.

Around three-quarters of Travelers living in Ireland said they had experienced discrimination when trying to rent or buy homes in the previous five years.

A slightly higher proportion of respondents in Ireland than in the European Social Survey as a whole said that everyone in the country has a fair chance of getting the job or education they seek.

However, a majority of respondents in Ireland also reported that discrimination based on ethnic origin, skin color or being Roma was ‘widespread’.

In the National Survey of Public Attitudes to Disability, a majority indicated that people with disabilities in Ireland do not have the same opportunities in education or employment.

The report also found that in 2019, 17% of people aged 18 and over living in Ireland said they had experienced some form of discrimination in the previous two years, up from 12% in 2014.

Those of non-white ethnicity were the most likely to experience some form of discrimination, at 33%, followed by those who were unemployed at 30%.

People aged 65 or over were the least likely to report having experienced discrimination at 11%.

Children from lower social backgrounds were the most likely to have experienced discrimination on the basis of “place of birth of self, parent or grandparent” at 30%, compared to 24% among children from lower social backgrounds. more favored.

Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth, Roderic O’Gorman, who published the report, said: “The number of Travelers reporting experiences of discrimination is particularly high and unacceptable, which should give rise to widespread reflection.

But knowing is not enough, we must, and this report will inform a number of strategies, including the review of the National Traveler and Roma Inclusion Strategy this year.

“It’s also important in the context of my department’s review of equality laws.”

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