Institute of Race Relations

The ballad of the ‘sans papiers’

According to the National Coordination of Sans Papiers, the movement of undocumented workers, ‘This struggle is becoming a central issue in French politics and life.’ Thousands of sans papiers from 40 different countries have joined the movement with protests in…

Law, order and the politics of convergence

On the street Police stop and search powers have been described by a senior policeman as ‘a contact sport for officers’. They have featured centrally in complaints of police racism. It was a vast stop and search operation, Operation Swamp…

Racism goes underground

It’s becoming very difficult to compile our annual review of deaths across Europe as racism has gone into the under-world of the undocumented. The brutal racism that characterises the lives of the ‘sans papiers’ is a theme that emerges again…