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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EU Roma Week

Wednesday 18 April 2018
Category: General
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Reflections on EU Roma Week, good and bad.

Focus on equality, not integration

Tuesday 3 April 2018
Category: General
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The government’s recently published Green Paper on integration contains some welcome considerations, and acknowledges that integration is “a two way street.” Yet the emphasis still lies disproportionately on migrant communities’ own abilities and dispositions, implicitly perpetuating the idea that they are the real “problem” of integration. Existing evidence points to inequalities as a much more serious problem. Taking inequalities seriously – rather than merely giving them a nod – would push the government to consider structural barriers to integration, and revise its own policies, rather than simply asking migrants to do better. 

Comparison of immigration detention in the UK with other European countries

Thursday 15 March 2018
Category: General
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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.

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EHRC resources for advisers

The Equality and Human Rights Commission have brought together its resources for advisers helping victims of discrimination and human rights violations, in one place: https://www.equalityhumanrights.com/en/advice-and-guidance/equality-and-human-rights-resources-advisers

Non-discrimination legal guide updated

Building on the widely popular practical handbook on European non-discrimination law, the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) and the European Court of Human Rights have just published an update. The Handbook on European non-discrimination law is a comprehensive guide to European law in this area. 

ENAR Shadow Report: No progress in curbing racial discrimination in the European labour market – in particular for women of colour

Despite anti-discrimination laws, ethnic and religious minorities and migrants continue to face racial discrimination when looking for a job and in the workplace, according to ENAR’s latest Shadow Report

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.

UKREN activities

Published work on hate speech

UKREN has an essay in a Springer journal on online hate speech in the EU. You can read the journal here.


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.



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