The European Network Against Racism (ENAR) has published a position paper highlighting the impact of Covid19 on racialised communities. It examines the effect of the pandemic in a range of areas and calls on the EU and Member States to change their approach and focus on structural racism in anti-racism policies.
As a first step, the paper recommends organising an EU Summit on structural racism, as a way to review the situation linked to the crisis, including to the increase of police violence in the EU, as well as the need to adopt further measures to respond to the structural inequalities exacerbated by the Covid19 crisis.
The position paper comes as a follow-up to a webinar on the impact of COVID19 on racialised communities which ENAR organized on the 25th of May with the European Parliament’s Anti-Racism & Diversity Intergroup (ARDI). The report is also based on more than 200 case-studies included in their interactive map highlighting the impact of Covid-19 on racialised communities across Europe in a range of areas, including healthcare, housing, police violence, racist violence and speech.