The UK Race and Europe Network (UKREN) is a network of local and national organisations across Great Britain and Northern Ireland that work to combat race discrimination within a European context. It does this through sharing information between members and co-ordinating action on race equality issues. It aims to provide policy makers with a UK civil society perspective on European race equality issues and to encourage a positive public debate on race in Europe. Membership is open to organisations in the UK who fight racism and promote race equality. It is free to join.

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Comparison of immigration detention in the UK with other European countries

Thursday 15 March 2018
Category: General
Posted by: admin

Detention practices across Europe are steeped in contextual global and national politics. EU legislation stipulates that detention should be a ‘last resort’. Nevertheless, increased use of detention over the years in many European countries has been criticised as a systematic and administratively convenient way to detain and deport undocumented migrants.

Aptly put by Migreurop, detention facilities are ‘emblematic of the exclusion of populations seen to be undesirable… [offering] fertile ground for violations of basic human rights.’ Alongside the prospect of deportation, migrants in detention facilities across Europe are left to different degrees in degrading and unhygienic conditions with only fear and uncertainty on the horizon.

Public misconceptions and overestimation of migration statistics

Wednesday 14 February 2018
Category: General
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A heavy political and media focus on immigration has been met by often alarmist responses from the public. Although Ipsos (2014) warn that causes and effects in public estimations of immigration statistics are complex, it not difficult to imagine that frequent use of phrases such as ‘migration crisis’ can to an extent give rise to a warped idea of the threat or proportionality of migration.

Germany gets tough on hate speech

Thursday 7 December 2017
Category: General
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On 1 January 2018 a new law will come into force in Germany that gets tough on the social media companies (such as Fecebook, Twitter and Google) to remove extremist, hate speech and defamatory fake news material published on their sites. Time for the UK government to revise its archaic laws on hate speech?

Latest news

Equality and Human Rights Framework

The Equality and Diversity Forum have launched their ‘Equality and human Rights Framework’, a free digital toolkit for voluntary and community sector organisations.

Findings that show appalling living conditions for migrants in Europe

European Network Against Racism (ENAR) publish results from their research on the conditions for migrants in Europe showing starkly poor levels of life satisfaction and ‘particularly bad housing conditions’.

EU Charter of Fundamental Rights

EHRC, NGOs (including UKREN) and human rights lawyers sign a statement about the value of keeping the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the EU as UK law after Brexit

How can we tackle prejudice and discrimination?

The Equality and Human Rights Commission have been investigating the links between prejudicial attitudes and unlawful discriminatory behavior. They have been researching what anti-prejudice interventions work and how we can successfully evaluate these interventions. Take a look at their website: www.equalityhumanrights.com/en/prejudice-and-unlawful-behaviour

UKREN activities

On Human Rights Day


Race Inequality

Following on from the UK government's audit of public services to expose gaps on race equality, UKREN is organising roundtable discussions in Lambeth, Sheffield, Bristol and Rotherham. Please do attend if you are interested in reducing the inequality. Details of the discussion via the link to each city.


Dealing with hate crime

UKREN has published an e-book guide for victims of hate crime and for NGO's helping victims. A culmination of work on ENAR and Home Office supported projects. Download the e-book here.



UKREN tweets

RT @JUSTWYorkshire: Our director @nadeem_murtuja responds to "Punish a Muslim" hate mail published in @SheffieldStar today @aakhtar @TellMa…
RT @CommonsHealth: Watch our Chair @sarahwollaston discussing continued data sharing between @NHSDigital and @ukhomeoffice for immigration…
Anti-radicalisation programme Safe and Secure has been launched in mosques as an alternative to the government’s mu… https://t.co/5t368n8JnP
RT @ColinYeo1: New post: New Statelessness Index compares how European countries help people with no citizenship https://t.co/AAOCZhs12C
RT @ENAREurope: No progress in curbing racial #discrimination in the European labour market – in particular for #WomenOfColour - New @ENARE…
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