NEWS

Support for anti-discrimination laws

Most Greeks want anti-discrimination rules introduced in their country to protect the disabled and, to a lesser extent, foreigners from unfair treatment, according to data released yesterday. Three in four Greeks, or 75 percent, surveyed by a Eurobarometer poll said foreigners in their country are treated badly. About 67 percent, or two in three, of European Union citizens on average gave the same answer. Just over 50 percent of Greeks surveyed said people with disabilities were mistreated – the same as the EU average. Nearly all Greek respondents – some 96 percent – said authorities must pass laws to help the disabled find work. Some 76 percent of locals said schools should do more to avoid cultural insensitivity to foreigners and just over half said parents should try harder to enlighten their children. Still, Greeks were not as enthusiastic about how non-Greeks contribute to their country’s social fabric. Just over half said foreigners contribute to the local cultural scene while the respective European Union figure came in at 63 percent.