The book presents a timely examination on a range of issues present in the discussions on the integration of ethnic minorities in Central Eastern Europe: norm setting, equality promotion, multiculturalism, nation-building, social cohesion, and ethnic diversity. It insightfully illustrates these debates by assessing them diachronically rather than cross-nationally from the legal, political and anthropological perspective. The contributors unpack concepts related to minority integration, discuss progress in policy-implementation and scrutinize the outcomes of minority integration in seven countries from the region. The volume is divided into three sections taking a multi-variant perspective on minority integration and equality. The volume starts with an analysis of international organizations setting standards and promoting minority rights norms on ethnic diversity and equal treatment. The second and third sections address state policies that provide fora for minority groups to participate in policy-making as well as the role of society and its various actors their development and enactment of integration concepts. The volume aims to assess the future of ethnic diversity and equality in societies across Central Eastern European states.
Timofei Agarin and Malte Brosig: Minority Integration in Central Eastern Europe: An Introduction
Section I: International Organizations and Minority Integration in Europe Manuela Riedel: The EU as a Promoter of Minority Rights?
Alexander H. E. Morawa: The Special Consideration Standard as a Modern Tool for Advancing the Rights of Minorities
Malte Brosig: The Advisory Committee of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities and Equality Promotion
Natalie Sabanadze: Beyond Conflict Prevention: HCNM and Minority Integration
Section II: Political Integration of Minority Communities Annabel Tremlett: Comparing European Institutional and Hungarian Approaches to Roma (Gypsy) Minorities
Michaela Salamun: The Roma and Egyptian Minorities in Albania: Legal Framework for Social Inclusion
Ada-Charlotte Regelmann: Political Community, Political Institutions and Minority Politics in Slovakia 1998-2006
Timofey Agarin: Cooptation as Integration? National Programme “Integration of Society in Latvia” on Minority Participation
Tove H. Malloy: Social Cohesion Estonian Style: Minority Integration Through Constitutionalized Hegemony and Fictive Pluralism
Section III: The Interface of Minority and Majority Communities Aidan McGarry: Round Pegs in Square Holes: Integrating the Romani Community in Hungary
Sara Nikolić: Empowerment as a two-way Process: The Role of Romani NGOs in Integration of Macedonian Society
Laura Cashman: Romani Teaching Assistants in the Czech Education System: An Opportunity to Address Barriers to the Labour Market?
Timofey Agarin and Malte Brosig: Multicultural Solutions for Central and Eastern Europe? Concluding Observations