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Ethnic Relations: General


ERCOMER: This is the home page of the European Research Centre on Migration and Ethnic Relations (ERCOMER), based at the University of Utrecht, which is the largest research centre of its kind in Europe. The home page provides information on the various research projects being undertaken at ERCOMER, including studies of ethnic conflict, refugee movements, immigrant labourers, and multicultural education. It also includes information on the Centre's publications, including how to get on the mailing list for their newsletter, and on the Centre's staff, seminar series, and upcoming conferences. The site Home page is at: http://www.ercomer.org/
In addition, ERCOMER has established a truly wonderful WWW "Virtual Library" on migration and ethnic relations. It includes detailed lists of research centres, university programs, journals and newsletters, conferences, internet discussion lists and data archives from around the world which specialize in ethnic relations. The Virtual Library address is: http://www.ercomer.org/wwwvl/

Minorities at Risk: This is the website for the Minorities At Risk Project, headed by Dr. Ted Robert Gurr. It is an independent, university-based research project that monitors and analyzes the status and conflicts of 268 politically-active communal groups in the larger countries of the world. It is designed to provide information in standardized form that will contribute to the understanding and peaceful accommodation of conflicts involving communal groups. Material relating to all 268 groups included in the project is available on the Website. Information available includes the group's name and estimated population, a background account of the group's characteristics and political setting, a chronology of events initiated by or affecting the group from 1990 to 1995, updated in 1997-8, and an assessment of prospects for change in the group's status in the near future: http://www.cidcm.umd.edu/inscr/mar/

MOST: UNESCO designed and sponsors an extensive program called "MOST" to promote international comparative social science research on areas of vital human importance. One of the largest research themes within the MOST program is "Multicultural and Multiethnic Societies", which aims to promote research "on the nature of change in multicultural and multiethnic societies in which issues of education, culture and religion, identity and human needs, democratic governance, conflict and cohesion interact". It primarily supports large scale long term research, and seeks to transfer the relevant findings to decision makers, and thereby establish sustainable links between the scientific and policy communities. Specific projects include studies of ethnic conflict in Eastern Europe, Asia Pacific migration, and ethnicity in Africa. This site also includes the full texts of several interesting discussion papers on the methodological issues and policy options relevant to research on multiculturalism, written by Henri Giordan, Stephen Castles, Juan Diez Medrano, Christine Inglis and others. You can also ask to be sent e mail updates on MOST projects, or sign up for the MOST "Discussion Forum on Ethnic Policy". The web site is: http://www.unesco.org/most/flyer.htm

MIRIS: The electronic Minority Rights Information System (MIRIS) is now available on the internet. MIRIS aims to promote the development of minority rights standards by providing researchers, public officials, NGOs and minority representatives with access to legal documents and information on minority rights regimes around the world. The site is administered by the Legal Database on Minorities at the European Academy of Bozen/Bolzano. To access the MIRIS site, go to:

MRG: The Minority Rights Group (MRG) is an international non-governmental organization based in London which promotes the rights of ethnic, linguistic and religious minorities. MRG's main activities involve researching and publishing reports and other information about minorities around the world, advocating the rights of minorities, educating children and teachers on minority issues, working with organizations and activists to discuss ideas, develop skills and further minority rights worldwide. Visit the website at: http://www.minorityrights.org

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