ECMI Cross-Cluster Research

ECMI Mainstreaming Programme

While most attention with regards to minority protection is generally paid to rights aimed to preserve specific minority identity, it is rarely examined how a wide range of laws and public policies affect national minorities, i.e. a whole range of issues (sectoral programs) which can have impact on the lives of minorities remains neglected. Stakeholders developing diverse sectoral policies not directly related to national minorities usually tend to ignore or simply overlook the impacts such policies can have on national minorities. For this reason, the European Centre for Minority Issues (ECMI) has pointed out the lack of awareness about the need to mainstream minority rights across domains of policy making. Read More

National Minority Indicators

Indicators to measure the performance of international human and minority rights treaties are increasingly a requirement in the assessment of the impact of legal standards. Once a legal framework exists, specific measurement tools need to be designed and implemented,. This raises a number of questions with an often technical nature, and which ought to be addressed in the general perspective of “policy analysis”— where the notion “policy” has to be clearly distinguished from the notion of “politics.” However, there is relatively little information, whether in terms of analytical tools or practical experience, on the evaluation of policies addressing minority issues. Read more

Border Regions Governance

National and ethnic minorities are frequently not only pro-active actors but also proponents of border region co-operation. They apply their bilingual and multilingual skills as well as bi-cultural knowledge to regional development projects and to enhancing people-to-people dialogue. Studying national and ethnic minorities in border regions has been an integral part of the research of the European Centre for Minority Issues (ECMI) for years. Read more

Minority Issues in Central Asia

Since its establishment in 1996 the European Centre for Minority Issues is very active in the post-Soviet space. After successful projects in such countries as Belarus, Moldova and Ukraine (some of those projects are still ongoing), in 2018 the ECMI’s team intends to additionally turn its attention towards Central Asian countries, that is Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. Read more

Non-Territorial Autonomy (NTA)

The public management of equality in diverse multicultural societies has implications for all levels of government. In terms of territorial management, devolution of powers to ethno-cultural minority groups residing in homeland regions requires self-government institutions. In terms of non-territorial management, non-discrimination measures ensure equality of individuals, while special rights for ethno-cultural groups protect alternative ways of life. Read more


ECMI founders:

The German Federal GovernmentThe German
Federal Government
The Danish GovernmentThe Danish
The Federal State Schleswig-HolsteinThe Federal State