Briefing Papers - Europe
The only comprehensive digest of Europe’s changing climate of racism, with reports on asylum and immigration policy, the challenge to multiculturalism and the erosion of civil liberties.
October 7, 2010
Accelerated removals: a study of the human cost of EU deportation policies, 2009-2010 examines the 38 asylum and immigration-related deaths in Europe over an 18-month period and shows the human cost of EU moves to slash budgets for refugee integration and accelerate the pace of removals – thereby undermining international conventions.
July 19, 2010
This report identifies alternative voices on integration, in five European countries, bringing together the interviews and news stories with representative organisations.
April 28, 2010
The background to the French parliamentary commission on the burqa and niqab examines how André Gerin, the Communist Party mayor of Vénissieux, ignited the debate on the voile intégral in a country where, it is estimated, that a total of 2,000 women wear the burqa. It describes the various arguments used to justify the ban from upholding laïcité to opposing the rise of Salafism and defending the freedom and dignity of women.
February 12, 2010
Direct democracy, racism and the extreme Right documents forty cases, involving either petitions or citizens' initiative referenda, that have been held to curtail the basic rights of BME communities, asylum seekers, migrant workers, foreign residents and European Muslims. Drawing attention to the ways in which extreme-Right and anti-immigrant parties are manipulating particular forms of direct democracy in ways that put representative democracies under threat.
February 11, 2010
The Swiss referendum on minarets: background and aftermath provides comprehensive documentation of the Swiss referendum on 29 November 2009 which was was backed by a strong majority as it became the first country in Europe to vote to curb the religious practices of Muslims, banning the construction of minarets on mosques.
November 12, 2009
The Autumn 2009 issue of the European Race Bulletin comprises a detailed article on 'Foreign nationals, enemy penology and the criminal justice system' plus reports on the recent elections and the Swiss referendum on minarets.
September 10, 2009
The Summer 2009 issue of the European Race Bulletin comprises detailed summaries on recent elections across Europe and reports on two recent racist murders in Germany and Malta.
May 28, 2009
'Secrecy, detention, torture: the parallel world of Europe's anti-terror regimen', comprises detailed summaries on the operation of anti-terror laws across Europe and a feature on Islamophobia, academic research and scare scenarios.
March 12, 2009
'Europe's shame - A report on 105 deaths' comprises research into deaths in the EU in 2007 and 2008 due to either racism or government migration and asylum policies.
November 20, 2008
'Grinding down the human rights defenders'' examines the resistance and the criminalisation of solidarity and protest, also contains an article on the the Austrian general election and the death of Jörg Haider.