IRR News 19 August – 1 September 2016

IRR News 19 August – 1 September 2016

Written by: admin

Dear IRR News subscriber,

As the police investigate the murder of a Polish factory worker in Harlow, the Institute of Race Relations publishes its evidence to the House of Commons Home Affairs Committee Inquiry into Hate Crime and its Violent Consequences.

‘There has’, according to the IRR, ‘been a return to old school racism, the racism of the ’70s and ’80s with the most common insults being “Go home”’. The IRR’s submission to the Inquiry backs up the feelings expressed by Radek Jóźwik, following the murder of his brother Arkadiusz in Harlow. Radek Jóźwik has pointed to the surge of hatred towards eastern Europeans after Britain’s vote to leave the EU.

The IRR’s submission is an interim report on media-reported incidents in the month after the EU referendum vote. A more comprehensive study will follow in the autumn. And in a separate news item published on IRR News today, we draw attention to the deaths of three Polish migrants and two people thought to be Polish in hate crimes since 2007.

Our regular calendar of racism and resistance, highlighting key events in the UK and Europe, can be viewed here.

And finally, the Institute of Race Relations is looking for a volunteer who speaks either German or French, to help with its European research. You would work with IRR Director Liz Fekete and vice-chair Frances Webber and your tasks would include: monitoring the European press for race and refugee-related stories; writing up summaries of key events for IRR’s fortnightly anti-racism and social justice calendar; maintaining the IRR’s database on refugee and migrant deaths across Europe.

We are looking for a volunteer with at least one day a week to spare and who would be prepared to volunteer for a minimum of two months from 3 October.

Send your letter of interest by 13 September to

IRR News team

The Institute of Race Relations is precluded from expressing a corporate view: any opinions expressed are therefore those of the authors.