Recent News


Dec 17 2015

Calendar of racism and resistance (4-17 December 2015)

A fortnightly resource for anti-racist and social justice campaigns, highlighting key events in the UK and Europe.


Aug 27 2015

When solidarity fails

In observations made at a side-meeting of the 87th session of the Committee for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD),[1] the IRR's director warned that Europe's mishandling of the refugee crisis is fuelling racism.


Sep 4 2014

Sweden’s counter-extremism policies fail the accountability test

The Swedish model of countering far-right extremism is deeply flawed and should not be followed by other EU countries.


Jun 20 2014

Asylum in Switzerland – out of sight, out of mind

Swiss asylum policy is characterised by institutional neglect within hostile systems designed to segregate and exclude.


Mar 6 2014

Swiss referendum: flying the flag for nativism

Swiss nativist parties have drawn a new line in the sand, winning the admiration of those campaigning to end EU free movement rights.


Dec 19 2012

From despair comes resistance

Asylum-seekers and migrants across Europe are determined to change the inhuman circumstances of their existence.


Dec 1 2010

Swiss architects challenge Islamophobia

The IRR News Service met up with three members of Foreign Architects Switzerland (FAS) who are challenging the Swiss ban on minarets.[1]


Oct 4 2006

After the Swiss referendum

Nearly 70 per cent of those who voted in a referendum in Switzerland on September 24 said yes to reform of immigration and asylum laws. But the committee formed to oppose laws, which, according to UNHCR are amongst the harshest in Europe, has announced that it will build on the support of the 32 per cent of the electorate which opposed the laws to create a more progressive approach to asylum.*