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Volume 19, Issue 2
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Special Issue: Ethnic Data and Minority Protection

Editor: Tamara Hoch (
Guest Editor: Ljubica Djordjević

JEMIE - Journal on Ethnopolitics and Minority Issues in Europe is a peer-reviewed electronic journal edited under the auspices of the European Centre for Minority Issues (ECMI). JEMIE is a multi-disciplinary journal, which addresses minority issues across a broad range of studies, such as ethnopolitics, democratization, conflict management, good governance, participation, minority issues and minority rights. It is devoted to analysing current developments in minority-majority relations in the wider Europe, and stimulating further debate amongst academics, students and practitioners on issues of instability and integration that are hampering democratic development in Europe - both East and West.

The special issue consists of three articles and one book review dealing with a highly relevant aspect related to minority protection, namely ethnic data collection. While it is widely recognized that processing ethnic data is necessary for the sake of protection, there are at the same time several challenges and complexities, such as variations in the form of collecting ethnic data in different countries, complicated legal aspects, but also how to tackle the issue of individual privacy and freedom. Another reoccuring complexity relates to the conceptual challenges that confronts minority protection as whole: what is ethnicity and how can we go about to measure it statistically? What exactly is to be measured? Each article in this special issue makes a novel contribution to the issue of ethnic data collection, by looking at national and minority specific challenges, the relation between national and European-level measures in this field, as well as what is legally 'necessary' in order to ensure proper ethnic data collection. Again, we have a JEMIE Special Issue that raises many interesting questions, but that also makes a novel and unique contribution to minority studies. 

Ljubica Djordjević
Introduction: Ethnic Data and Minority Protection
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Andras L. Pap
Ethnic Data Protection and Collection: The Case of Hungary
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Craig Willis
An overview of the UK’s approach to ethnic data collection in the context of the Framework Convention on the Protection of National Minorities
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Ljubica Djordjević
Legal Aspects of Processing of National Affiliation Data in Serbia
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Andreea Cârstocea
Book Review: Legal Aspects of Ethnic Data Collection and Positive Action. The Roma Minority in Europe, by Jozefien Van Caeneghem
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