Comment

Social mobility, ‘geographic inequality’ and a new culture war

As a new head of the Social Mobility Commission is appointed and the government pursues its ‘levelling up’ agenda, IRR researcher Jessica Perera debunks simplistic and racialised messages around ‘geographic inequality’.  Discussion about social mobility is all the rage in government circles, but only if it is linked to its programme of ‘levelling up’, with educational attainment emerging

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Press Release

A threat to public safety: policing, racism and the Covid-19 pandemic

A threat to public safety: policing, racism and the Covid-19 pandemic

  A new report from the IRR and Centre on the Dynamics of Ethnicity (CoDE) suggests that policing during the Covid-19 pandemic undermines public health measures whilst disproportionately targeting Black and Minority Ethnic communities.     A threat to public safety: policing, racism and the Covid-19 pandemic raises concerns about the policing of the pandemic

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Interview

Meritocracy is a Mirage: An interview with Joy White

IRR’s Jessica Perera interviews academic Joy White about her 2020 ethnographic book Terraformed: Young Black Lives in the Inner City, which reads as a telling riposte to the recent Commission for Race and Ethnic Disparities (CRED) report. Commentators have argued that the approach behind the CRED report brings to mind a league-table[1], where points are

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Comment

Safety or stigma? FGM safeguarding measures in the UK

  IRR News contributor Kaiisha Kukendra writes on the stigmatising impact of FGM safeguarding measures on Muslim families in the UK, who campaigners argue are being racially profiled, criminalised and over-policed. Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is a global human rights violation and severe form of gender-based violence against women and girls, itself a reflection of

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News

Calendar of Racism and Resistance (29 January – 11 February 2021)

  A fortnightly resource for anti-racist and social justice campaigns, highlighting key events in the UK and Europe. ASYLUM AND MIGRATION Asylum and migrant rights 27 January: NHS leaders warn the post-Brexit immigration system will result in a huge shortfall of care staff, with the NHS Confederation appealing for ministers to show ‘flexibility and pragmatism’

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Comment

Mental health and black deaths in police custody

  How do black men suffering a mental health crisis risk ending up dead when the guardians of law and order are called in? George Nkencho, a 27-year-old Nigerian man, who suffered from mental health issues, died on 30 December 2020 after being shot by an armed support unit in his front garden in west

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News

Calendar of Racism and Resistance (3 – 16 December 2020)

A fortnightly resource for anti-racist and social justice campaigns, highlighting key events in the UK and Europe. ASYLUM AND MIGRATION Asylum and migrant rights 3 December: The Home Office is failing potential victims of modern slavery, rules the High Court, as an ‘unlawful lacuna’ in existing immigration policy means they are stripped of immigration status. (Independent, 4 December 2020)  10 December: The

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News

Calendar of Racism and Resistance (19 November – 2 December 2020)

A fortnightly resource for anti-racist and social justice campaigns, highlighting key events in the UK and Europe. ASYLUM AND MIGRATION Asylum and migrant rights 19 November: The UNHCR urges the UK to restart its refugee resettlement programme, warning that fewer than a quarter of the 63,726 refugees resettled globally in 2019 have been resettled this year. (Guardian, 19

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Comment

From CIAC to EHRC: the long view on current controversies

The politically chequered history of state ‘race relations’ is key to understanding the growing controversy over the workings of the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC). Such quasi-state bodies as the EHRC have long held an ambiguous position: on the one hand seen as necessary protection in a discriminatory world; on the other hand, given

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News

Calendar of Racism and Resistance (3 – 18 November 2020)

A fortnightly resource for anti-racist and social justice campaigns, highlighting key events in the UK and Europe. ASYLUM AND MIGRATION Asylum and migrant rights 9 November: Following a second Commons defeat, Lord Dubs withdraws his amendment on family reunion rights for child refugees in the Lords as the government offers a review. (Independent, 5 November; Hansard

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