The Minority SafePack Initiative and Universal Basic Income: a Combination to Address Minority Issues in the European Union?

In: International Journal on Minority and Group Rights
Craig WillisDoctoral student, Seminar für Soziologie, Europa-Universität Flensburg, Flensburg, Germany
European Centre for Minority Issues( ecmi), Flensburg, Germany,;

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The Minority SafePack Initiative (mspi) calls for a pact between minorities and majorities in order to preserve, develop and promote the linguistic and cultural diversity in Europe resulting from the high number of national minorities inside the European Union. This article examines the theory behind universal basic income as well as two policy proposals on the EU level and how these overlap with the stated goals and broader aims of the mspi. Developing four core areas as assessment criteria, the article finds that Universal Basic Income (ubi) theory overlaps significantly in terms of potential impact on the capacity for living in homeland, learning in mother tongue, preservation and development of identity and culture, and aiming for equality. These potentially diminish if the basic income amount is not enough to meet basic needs, plus the narrative differs depending on the funding mechanism.

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