Useful reports

On this page you can find a range of useful publications relating to racism, discrimination and migration in Europe.

CERD Shadow report on UK


The UK will be examined by the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination in August 2016. A number of NGOs, including UKREN, have worked together to produce a shaow report. You can download the shadow report here.

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A portrait of modern Britain

by Rishi Sunak and Saratha Rajeswaran, Policy Exchange (May 2014)

Ethnic minorities will make up a third of Britain by 2050, according to a new report by the right leaning think tank Policy Exchange. They say that the five largest distinct Black and Minority Ethnic communities could potentially double from 8 million people or 14% of the population to between 20-30% by the middle of the century. 

The author of report said:

"These communities will continue to become an ever more significant part of Britain, especially in future elections. However, as our research demonstrates ethnic minorities are not one homogeneous political group.  From education to employment, housing to trust in the police, politicians from all parties must understand the different issues affecting individual communities."

The handbook draws on survey, census, academic and polling data to build up a detailed picture of the five largest minority groups in the UK - Indian, Pakistani, Bangladeshi, Black African and Black Caribbean. The report highlights the importance of BME voters in years to come.

You can download the full report from the Policy Exchange website

 

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The democratic engagement of Britain's ethnic minorities

by David Sanders, Stephen D. Fisher, Anthony Heath and Maria Sobolewska (Ethnic and Racial Studies, 2014 Vol. 37, No. 1, 120139, September 2013)

Abstract:

Democratic engagement is a multi-faceted phenomenon that embraces citizens' involvement with electoral politics, their participation in 'conventional' extra-parliamentary political activity, their satisfaction with democracy and trust in state institutions, and their rejection of the use of violence for political ends. Evidence from the 2010 BES and EMBES shows that there are important variations in patterns of democratic engagement across Britain's different ethnic-minority groups and across generations. Overall, ethnic-minority engagement is at a similar level to and moved by the same general factors that influence the political dispositions of whites. Second-generation minorities who grew up in Britain are less, rather than more, likely to be engaged.

Read more

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Criminalisation of migrants in an irregular situation and of persons engaging with them

European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (March 2014)

This paper examines the sanctions applied to counteract irregular migration, building on previous work by the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) on the rights of migrants in an irrgular situation.

More details here 

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Caste in Britain: Socio-legal Review and Caste in Britain: Experts' Seminar and Stakeholders' Workshop

Equality and Human Rights Commission (February 2014) 

On 28 February 2014 the Equality and Human Rights Commission published two new research reports which look into issues surrounding caste in Britain. 

Both reports are from the Commission’s Caste in Britain project which was undertaken at the request of government to help inform the introduction of a new statutory law. This followed the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013 requirement that government introduce a statutory prohibition of caste discrimination into British equality law.

Click on these links to read the reports: 

Research report 91 : Caste in Britain: Socio-legal Review

Research report 92: Caste in Britain: Experts' Seminar and Stakeholders' Workshop 

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The long term economic impacts of reducing migration: The case of the UK migration policy

By Lisenkova, K. and Sanchez-Martinez, M., External Author(s): Marcel Merette, NIESR Discussion paper number 420 (December 2013)

This paper provides a quantitative assessment of the long-term impact of migration on the economy. As an experiment, researchers chose the migration target set by the senior partner of the current UK coalition government (the Conservative Party) to reduce the level of net migration from"hundreds of thousands to tens of thousands". Their estimates show that the long term impact of this policy will be to significantly reduce GDP per capita and worsen the public finances. While gross wages increas slightly, the resulting increase in taxes means after-tax wages also fall.

Read a presentation of the paper here

Read the full paper here

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Half-in, half-out: Roma and non-Roma Romanians with limited rights working and travelling in the European Union

By Iulius-Cezar Macarie, Center for Policy Studies at Central European University (Integrim Online paper 8/2014)

An interesting academic paper on Romanians, Roma and non-Roma, in the UK with limited rights.

Click here for more online papers on integration and international migration

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The European Court of Human Rights in Facts & Figures  - 2013

European Court of Human Rights (January 2014)

A very user friendly document presenting statistics on the Court: Pending allocated cases; Violation judgments by State; Subject-matter of the Court's violation judgments; Violations by Article and by State.

Click here for more information on the ECHR

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Ethnic Minorities in Politics, Government and Public Life

by John Wood and Richard Cracknell, House of Commons Library (October 2013)

This report finds that there are currently 27 minority ethnic MPs in the House of Commons; 4.2% of the total. The UK population is becoming increasingly diverse in terms of ethnicity. The 2011 Census showed 18% of the UK population reporting a non-white background. This compares with 8% ten years earlier. However, despite an increase of 15 minority ethnic MPs between the 2001 and 2010 general election, the diversity of MPs remains disproportionate to the population as a whole. Read the report

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EU report on the implementation of Council Framework Decision 2008/913/JHA on combating certain forms and expressions of racism and xenophobia by means of criminal law

European Commission (January 2014)

This report finds that most EU Member States have not yet correctly implemented EU rules designed to tackle racist and xenophobic hate crimes. Member States unanimously adopted the 2008 Framework Decision on combating racism and xenophobia through criminal law, yet national laws in a number of countries remain inadequate. In particular, national provisions against denial, condoning or grossly trivialising certain crimes – such as crimes against humanity – remain inadequate in 20 Member States.

Vice-President Viviane Reding, the EU's Justice Commissioner, in a speech on the occasion of the International Holocaust Remembrance Day, said: "Today, we have achieved peace between nations in the European Union. Yet another challenge remains: to continue the quest for tolerance within our own societies. Nobody should ever have to experience hate speech or hate crime. So today I am calling on all EU Member States to take action to fully transpose the EU Framework Decision and make sure it is applied on the ground." Read the report

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EU report on the application of the equality directives

European Commission (January 2014)

European Union rules to tackle discrimination on grounds of racial or ethnic origin, religious belief, disability, age and sexual orientation have now been implemented by all Member States in national law. Now, further efforts are needed to apply them in practice. These are the key findings of this report released by the European Commission on 17 January 2014. Read the report

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Racism, discrimination, intolerance and extremism: learning from experiences in Greece and Hungary 

European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (December 2013)

This thematic situation report examines the effectiveness of responses by public authorities, civil society organisations and others to counter racism, discrimination, intolerance and extremism in Greece and Hungary. The report goes on to make proposals for fighting racist crime, increasing trust in the police, and combating extremism throughout the EU. Read the report

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Discrimination and hate crime against Jews in EU Member States: experiences and perceptions of antisemitism

European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (November 2013)

This FRA survey is the first-ever to collect comparable data on Jewish people’s experiences and perceptions of antisemitism, hate-motivated crime and discrimination across a number of EU Member States, specifically in Belgium, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Sweden and the United Kingdom. Its findings reveal a worrying level of discrimination, particularly in employment and education, a widespread fear of victimisation and heightening concern about antisemitism online. Read the report

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EU report on 'National protection beyond the two EU anti-discrimination directives'

European Commission / Directorate-General for Justice (September 2013)

The European Commission has just published a report on' National protection beyond the two EU anti-discrimination directives - The grounds of religion and belief, disability, age and sexual orientation beyond employment'. This examines how EU Member States have regulated against discrimination - outside of the field of employment - on the grounds of religion and belief, disability, age and sexual orientation. The report was written by Aileen McColgan on behalf of the European network of legal experts in the non-discrimination field. Read the report
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The Racial Equality Directive: application and challenges

European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (January 2012)
This report examines the application of the Racial Equality Directive in the 27 EU Member States a decade after it was adopted in 2000. It analyses progress made across the EU as well as the challenges which remain, focusing on legislation, practice and experiences of racial and ethnic minorities. Read the report

 

 


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