A Suitable Enemy: Racism, Migration and Islamophobia in Europe

At the heart of this book is an examination of xeno-racism – a non-colour coded form of institutionalised racism – where migrants who do not assimilate, or are believed to be incapable of assimilation, are excluded.

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‘A Suitable Enemy’, by the IRR’s Executive Director Liz Fekete, draws on sixteen years of research to present a comprehensive overview of EU immigration, asylum, race and security policies.

At the same time as the EU introduces selective migration policies, it closes its borders against asylum seekers who were the first victims of the growth of the security state which now embraces Muslims. Liz Fekete explores the way in which anti-terrorist legislation has been used to evict undesirable migrants, how deportation policies commodify and de-humanise the most vulnerable and how these go hand in hand with evolving forms of racism, particularly Islamophobia.

Contents include:

  • Acknowledgements
  • Foreword by A. Sivanandan
  • Introduction
  • The Emergence of Xeno-racism
  • Anti-Muslim Racism and the Security State
  • Enlightened Fundamentalism? Immigration, Feminism and the Right
  • The New McCarthyism
  • The Deportation Machine
  • ‘Speech Crime’ and Deportation
  • They Are Children Too
  • Islamophobia, Youth Resistance and the Meaning of Liberty

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By Liz Fekete. Published by Pluto Press. A5, 260 pp., ISBN 978 0 7453 2792 1, 2009.