After a week-long trip to the United States, ten members of France’s ANELD, an advocacy group representing elected local officials from ethnic and religious minorities, have returned home with a message: it’s time for France to compile statistics on its ethnically diverse population.
ANELD deals with issues related to ethnic diversity in France, including employment, equal rights and discrimination. Its members are elected officials in the suburbs of Paris, mainly of North African origin.
During their stay in Washington, D.C., the French delegation met with members of civil rights organisations like the National Urban League and Rev. Jesse Jackson’s Rainbow PUSH Coalition, as well as numerous other representatives from both the public and private sectors.
The trip, which was largely funded by the French-American Foundation and the American Embassy, was geared toward studying how the US has dealt with challenging issues related to ethnic diversity within its own borders.