About UKREN

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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UKREN blog

EU Roma Week

Wednesday 18 April 2018
Category: General
Posted by: admin

Reflections on EU Roma Week, good and bad.

Focus on equality, not integration

Tuesday 3 April 2018
Category: General
Posted by: admin

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
Posted by: admin

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.

Brexit

With the UK expected to formally leave the EU on 29 March 2019, even if there is a following transition period of some years when the UK is neither in nor out of the EU, UKREN is concerned that there will be a nagative impact on race, ethnicity and nationality as a direct effect of Brexit.

We are therefore putting together tools, training and events to help NGOs support more marginalised and vulnerable communities affected directly or indirectly by Brexit.

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The Charter of Fundamental Rights brings together all the rights enjoyed by people within the EU in a single document. Although the Charterwill be removed from UK law, there is still an opportunity to advocate for it to remain. UKREN has written a e-guide for NGOs on what the Charter covers and how it can be used to safeguard rights, with examples from the UK. The e-guide is here.

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Hate crime motivated by racism, xenophobia and religious intolerance has increased since the EU referendum and may well increase again on the UK leaving the EU. UKREN has produced an e-guide for NGOs to help victims of hate crime and hate speech. The e-guide is here.

Training events will be held in 2019 for NGOs on how to support victims of race hate crime and how to run dialogue events with communities, police and local authorities. More details will be put here soon.

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Work is underway to empower vulnerable and marginalised EU nationals living in the UK by ensuring that they are aware of their rights, know how to access them, and are able to engage support from relevant NGOs. The rights are: employment rights; freedom from discrimination on the grounds of race, ethnicity or nationality; what counts as labour exploitation and modern slavery; and the benefits and housing assistance that a person may be entitled to. An e-guide will be produced, followed by training workshops across the UK, and Question and Answer sessions for communities. More details will be put here soon.

UKREN activities

Integrated Communities Strategy Green Paper

UKREN responded to the Government's consultation on its Integrated Communities Strategy green paper. You can read the response here.

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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.

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On Human Rights Day

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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.

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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.

 

 

UKREN tweets

The government’s planned ‘crack down’ on low skilled migrants in the forthcoming White Paper is on people earning l… https://t.co/UP3IwrhIkF
Excellent briefing by @raceontheagenda “Brexit for BAME people” highlights from ONS statistics that 250,000 EU nati… https://t.co/LwZkUthlNX
Nish Kumar’s article on unconscious bias ‘My name is Nish Kumar - so please stop calling me Nish Patel’ is the seco… https://t.co/YT5WUmH2HF
RT @colmocinneide: Fifty years since the first case was brought under the UK race discrimination legislation. The bravery of the first gene…
The Guardian lists ten areas rife with racial bias in UK: dating apps, cancer care, television industry, children’s… https://t.co/ewBw2v2nLS
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