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Minority Map and Timeline of Europe (MMTE)

The Minority Map and Timeline of Europe (MMTE) is an open access interdisciplinary and interactive research tool that provides an impartial perspective and evaluation of minorities, minority issues, and minority-majority relations within all states and regions of Europe. The MMTE is an ongoing flagship project of the European Centre for Minority Issues, with the research and entry writing of the MMTE being divided into three phases.

What is the MMTE?

The user interface of the MMTE website – based upon complementary interactive and detailed maps, timelines, and analyses – provides new, varied, and interconnected ways to interpret minority communities. The MMTE utilizes a visual and hands-on approach to present data and information to allow the user to better comprehend relationships and associations concerning minorities and the countries they are living in. To this end, the website is composed in a thematic format to promote consistency, uniformity, and comparison between entries.

When and why was the MMTE established?

The MMTE is an ongoing flagship project of the European Centre for Minority Issues. While first created in 2001 as the Ethnopolitical Map of Europe, in 2010 the project was reevaluated and redesigned to reach the widest audience today. Suitably, as an easy-to-use tool the MMTE provides current and credible quantitative and qualitative information on Europeʼs minorities for students and researchers; nongovernmental organizations and policy makers; as well as the informed public. The Minority Map and Timeline of Europe endeavours to act as a central clearinghouse website that provides information on minority communities in a timely, straightforward, and reliable manner. Additionally, the MMTE project is intended to help develop ECMIʼs own goals and projects to better understand minority issues as well as implement corresponding programmes.

What are the objectives of the MMTE

The objectives of the MMTE are explicitly laid out in the project’s vision statement: The Minority Map and Timeline of Europe endeavours to act as a central web-based clearinghouse that provides interdisciplinary information on minority communities throughout Europe in a timely, straightforward, and reliable manner for students and researchers; nongovernmental organizations and policy makers; as well as the informed public.

In fulfilling this role as an even-handed and in-depth research tool and database, the MMTE aims at bringing together varied forms of research as well as researchers for the mutual understanding of Europe’s diverse societies. The MMTE project objectives relate to the optimization of information regarding minority communities and minority-majority relations, while the scientific objectives concern the academic goals of promoting innovative research on minority issues, broadly defined.


MMTE Project Objectives

  • Provide information and analysis in an optimized user interface through complementary interactive and detailed maps, timelines, and analyses
  • Present material through a visual and hands-on approach to better comprehend relationships and associations
  • Ensure that data structure and maintenance is sustainable


MMTE Scientific Objectives

  • Provide extensive, authoritative information concerning both conflictual and peaceful minority-majority issues within Europe
  • Provide information and analysis through a thematic format to promote consistency, uniformity, and comparison
  • Create a collective open access body of knowledge that is sustainable and can be used as a research tool and database for understanding minority issues, as well as for further analysis
  • Include researchers from both minority as well as majority communities in the knowledge-production process

What does the MMTE offer?

Extensive, authoritative information – concerning both conflictual and peaceful minority-majority affairs – is maintained through the four divisions of the MMTE Research Axis: Minority-Country Map, Minority-Country Timeline, Minority Portrait, and Country Portrait. Together, facts, synopses, and analyses are provided concerning both the minority communities and governments of the states of Europe. While more general information relates to the government’s relationship and approaches to the country’s minority communities, a more detailed examination concerns the circumstances and factors relating to select minorities. To provide a thorough and inclusive evaluation, the MMTE examines thematic divisions, with corresponding subcategories. Further explanation of the themes and categories can be found in the introduction of each division of the Research Axis.

What are the phases of the MMTE?

The research and entry writing of the MMTE is divided into three phases. In the first phase, the Minority-Country Maps provide a sweeping examination of the countries and minority communities residing there. The second phase adds further details through the Minority-Country Timelines by highlighting key events and periods concerning minority-majority relations. The third phase comprises both the Minority Portraits and Country Portraits, which act together as a comprehensive evaluation of the state of affairs concerning the country governments and minorities.

What is the language of the MMTE?

Data, information, and analyses within the MMTE are provided at this stage in English. In time, further development of the project aims at including other languages to make the MMTE available to more persons as well as to highlight the diversity of Europe.

How are the entries for the MMTE written?

Through a team of interns, the four divisions of the MMTE Research Axis are investigated through both primary and secondary data collection. Following review by both the MMTE team as well as ECMI Senior Research Associates, the entries are published on the MMTE website. Information is updated in a similar fashion to ensure the inclusion of the latest changes and developments relating to the minorities and the countries.

How to use the MMTE?

The MMTE website is designed as an interactive research tool, providing users with a hands-on approach to present data and information. The Research Axis allows the user to select specific countries and minorities, while providing the user a quick way to move between the four divisions of the MMTE Research Axis. Help sections provide introductions, guides, glossaries, and acronyms for further explanation of the Minority-Country Map, Minority-Country Timeline, Minority Portrait, and Country Portrait.

Minority-Country Map

The first phase provides a sweeping examination of the countries and minority communities of Europe through the Minority-Country Maps. The maps provide general quantitative information together with overviews, fact sheets, and graphs as well as directories and documentation for the country and select minority communities.

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Minority-Country Timeline

The second phase adds further details through the Minority-Country Timelines by highlighting key events and periods concerning minority-majority relations of Europe. The timelines present in-depth qualitative information and descriptions together with images and videos concerning countries as well as select minority communities.

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Country Portrait

The third phase comprises both the Minority Portraits and Country Portraits, which act together as a comprehensive evaluation of the state of affairs concerning the country governments and minorities of Europe. The portraits present a detailed examination that highlights central themes through a macro perspective that emphasises the government views of minority-majority relations.

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Minority Portrait

The third phase comprises both the Minority Portraits and Country Portraits, which act together as a comprehensive evaluation of the state of affairs concerning the country governments and minorities of Europe. The portraits present a detailed examination that highlights central themes through a micro perspective that emphasises the select minority communities’ views of minority-majority relations.

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