FRA's Fundamental Rights Survey

AuthorEuropean Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (EU body or agency)
FRA’s Fundamental Rights Survey collected data from 35,000 people about
their experiences, perceptions and opinions on arange of issues that are
variously encompassed by human rights– including awareness of rights, crime
victimisation, discrimination and equality of treatment, and data protection
and privacy.
This is the f‌irst report based on asmall selection of questions from the
survey. It focuses on selected f‌indings with respect to respondents’ opinions
about human rights (or ‘fundamental rights’ as they are referred to in the
internal context of the EU), their views and perceptions on the functioning
of democratic societies– as apillar on which human rights can f‌lourish, and
on their thoughts on and engagement with public services that have aduty
to enforce human rights law and to protect people’s rights.
FRA will publish further results from the survey
in 2020–2021, both in report format as well as
through an interactive online data explorer. The
data explorer– which will be launched on FRA’s
website at the end of 2020 and will include results
presented in this report– offers the opportunity
to browse results by question, country by country,
and disaggregated by key socio-demographic
characteristics, such as gender, age, and
education. Selected results from the survey will
also be communicated on other occasions to feed
into policy debates at the EU and national level.
FRA will also make the anonymised survey data
set (microdata) available for organisations and
researchers who are interested in carrying out
further analysis of the results after publication
of the survey’s relevant reports.
The Fundamental Rights Survey is the f‌irst
survey FRA has carried out on the general
population of the EU with respect to how they
understand and experience fundamental rights,
and on their interaction with public authorities
that have aduty to protect them. The agency has
undertaken only one other general population
survey, which collected EU comparable data
on the specif‌ic area of women’s experiences
of violence. To date, FRA’s survey research has
concentrated on specif‌ic groups in society that
are particularly vulnerable to rights abuses, and
for which there are limited data. These include ethnic minority and immigrant
groups, the Roma, the EU’s Jewish population, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans
and intersex (LGBTI) people.
FRAs Fundamental Rights Survey
‘Fundamental rights’ is the term used
for ‘human rights’ in the internal
context of the EU. In the survey
questionnaire, some questions used
the term ‘human rights’ because
this was found to be more readily
understandable by members of
the public who responded to the
questionnaire. Hence, this report
uses the two terms interchangeably.
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