Unia’s studies

Unia’s studies bear witness to a multidisciplinary approach and collect objective, reliable data. Those data are the building blocks of a fact-based policy.

Diversity Barometer

With its 'Diversity Barometer' Unia maps out the following aspects of Belgian society:

  • The degree of discrimination: the behaviour toward specific target groups in society. These target groups are characterised by their origin, age, handicap, sexual orientation, and so forth.
  • The degree of tolerance: the attitudes toward these target groups.
  • The degree of participation: the degree to which these target groups contribute to society.

The 'Diversity Barometer' is directed toward three recipients: policymakers; social partners and civil society; and supranational authorities, so as to observe the monitoring and evaluation requirements of human rights treaties.

Unia wants to report regularly on the sectors that are most concerned in diversity: employment, housing and education. Therefore we publish a biennial 'Diversity Barometer’ dedicated to one of these three topics. In 2012 the first 'Diversity Barometer: Work' appeared; in 2014, the first 'Diversity Barometer: Housing'; and in 2018 the first 'Diversity Barometer: Education’. Thereafter we resume the cycle. Thus we can compare the data collected every six years.

Socioeconomic Monitoring

Employment is one of the highest priorities of our country’s government. Whether it involves economic recovery, industrial development, technological innovation, development of entrepreneurship, training and guidance of job seekers, or involvement of social partners and the political world, employment has always been central to the development of our society.

'Socioeconomic Monitoring' is an instrument of Unia and the Federal Public Service for Employment, Labour and Social Dialogue, in collaboration with the National Register, the Crossroads Bank for Social Security, the Commission for the Protection of Privacy, and experts. Its purpose is to get a clear view of the situation of those in the labour market depending on their origin and migration background.

The first report on 'Socioeconomic monitoring' appeared in 2013; the second report in 2015, the third report in 2017 and the fourth report in 2020.