European Research Programme (ERP)
Headed by Liz Fekete, the ERP carries out research on EU and domestic policy in the fields of asylum and immigration, policing and counter-terrorism, and citizenship, integration and related social policies. Current research priorities include: policy responses on integration and multiculturalism and the impact of the extreme Right; new formations and patterns of violence in the far Right, social media and incitement, the criminalisation of young people from BME communities and the disproportionate numbers of the young people in prison. The ERP is also examining the shifting patterns of migration and settlement across Europe against the backdrop of new racisms exacerbated by national policies at a time of growing austerity.
This programme was established in 1992 and, till 2010, published sixty-nine issues of the European Race Bulletin, case-based documentation studies on all aspects of racism and racial justice in Europe. It has pioneered new critical understandings in key areas: xeno-racism, Islamophobia, nativism and anti-Muslim racism.
Liz Fekete lectures at a number of European universities, advises publishers, authors and students and briefs the media. The ERP carries out outreach work with grassroots organisations to strengthen initiatives for civil rights and racial justice.
Regular research reports are published as European Briefing Papers downloadable from the website. To keep up to date with current European case-studies and research programmes, subscribe to IRR News and customise your request to ensure you receive all material on Europe.
European Briefing Papers on:
- State intelligence agencies and the far Right: A review of developments in Germany, Hungary and Austria
- The Swiss referendum on minarets: background and aftermath;
- Direct democracy, racism and the extreme Right;
- The background to the French parliamentary commission on the burqa and niqab;
- Accelerated removals: a study of the human cost of EU deportation policies, 2009-2010;
- Breivik, the conspiracy theory and the Oslo massacre.
The European Race Bulletin 1992-2010 can be accessed using the search engine on the IRR website. The proceedings of two 2010 seminars on Islamophobia and progressive values and Islamophobia and the anti-terrorist laws can also be downloaded.
Print publications to purchase include:
- The Deportation Machine;
- They Are Children Too (also available as downloadable pdf);
- Integration, Islamophobia and civil rights in Europe;
- A Suitable Enemy: racism, migration and Islamophobia in Europe;
- Alternative Voices on Integration (also available as a pdf).
- Pedlars of Hate (also available as a pdf).