Social Progress Watch Report 2017

For four years now, SOLIDAR members in 16 European countries have been monitoring the social and employment situation in their respective countries and developed recommendations as to how to improve implementation of policy reforms that ensure social cohesion and improve upward social convergence. Unfortunately, for the fourth year now, the majority of our members’ observations is still negative in the sense that the situation for many people has not been improving (enough) to ensure a decent life, decent working conditions and social cohesion among and within our societies.

The Social Progress Watch (SPW) Report 2017 draws direct comparison to the 2016 report in the areas of “Integration of third country nationals” and “Developments in social protection systems” and thereby illustrates very well the continuous struggle of NGOs and civil society organisations to fill gaps where the state is neglecting or insufficiently fulfilling its duties, for example when it comes to ensuring peaceful intercultural coexistence or the fight of discrimination.