Every four years the Federal Anti-Discrimination Agency, together with the federal commissioners of the German Bundestag and of the German Government, submits a report to the German Bundestag detailing cases of discrimination and makes recommendations on how to eliminate and prevent discrimination. The first such report will be published in 2009.
The staff of the Research Division at the Federal Anti-Discrimination Agency analyse academic publications on the issue, summarise them and point out gaps in research. In future the key issue will be how to get access to better data. It is important to know about the forms and the extent of discrimination in order to be able to develop preventive measures and thus to be able to combat discrimination in the long term.
Networking, information-sharing and cooperation with academics in Germany and other European countries are key aspects of this work. The aim in setting up a comprehensive database is to promote the mutual exchange of information.