Berlin (Germany)


A City’s good practice towards the elimination of discrimination

The Berlin Anti-Discrimination Office has the main task of creating a culture of respect and anti-discrimination. In this context, The Berlin Anti-Discrimination Office has drafted the Action Plan against Racism and Ethnic Discrimination, which is the main body responsible for coordinating the anti-discrimination activities of the Berlin government. The Berlin Action Plan incorporates the Integration Concept which in effect introduces a constant evaluative tool into the implementation of City’s strategy. By determining which measures promote integration, the City can identify which measures are efficient in preventing racism and discrimination. Every measure is regularly assessed to determine its integration potential.

For example, City measures the proportion of employees that belong to ethnic minorities and who receive social insurance. Other examples are the figures compiled on the percentage of school leavers from ethnic minorities and other groups without qualification and the percentage of employees from ethnic minorities in the public services. These figures enable the City to distinguish efficient practices from non-efficient ones.

City Information
With a population of 3.45 million people, Berlin is Germany's largest city. It is the second most populous city proper and the seventh most populous urban area in the European Union. Its economy is primarily based on the service sector, encompassing a diverse range of creative industries, media corporations, and convention venues. The city is well known for its festivals, diverse architecture, nightlife, contemporary arts, public transportation networks and a high quality of living.

Berlin has been a member of the European Coalition of Cities against Racism since March 2006.

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