Pavee Point advocates for the collection of disaggregated data on basis of ethnicity (inclusive of Travellers) within a human rights framework. This means there must be a universal question asked of everyone, not just minorities, which is answered voluntarily and on the basis of self-identification, and that the collected data is aggregated and anonymised to avoid identification of specific individuals.
Data must only be used for the purpose for which it was collected, must be available in a timely manner and must be analysed in consultation with organisations representing minority ethnic groups.
We need ethnic data collection to identify discrimination, combat racism and promote equality. Ethnic data would also enable us to monitor progress of policies and would provide strong evidence for further policy making.
It is legal to collect ethnic data, but there is a clear requirement that all collecting must be done in the context of a strong human rights framework.
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