Asylum seekers and refugees

Recent Publications

November 15, 2011

New geographies of racism: Stoke-on-Trent

A report focusing on racial violence in Stoke-on-Trent, which has been devastated by deindustrialisation, and where the proportion of the city’s Black and Minority Ethnic population has doubled in two decades.

June 30, 2011

New geographies of racism: Plymouth

A report focusing on racial violence in Plymouth which is based on detailed research into the history and political economy of the city.

December 14, 2010

Briefing Paper 7

Excluding migrants from justice: the legal aid cuts

October 17, 2010

Driven to desperate measures 2006-2010

A report cataloguing the deaths of the 77 asylum seekers and migrants who have died either in the UK or attempting to reach the UK from 2006-2010.

October 7, 2010

Briefing Paper no. 4

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.

June 1, 2010

Racial violence: the buried issue

A report on dangerously high levels of racial violence in the UK – a violence which is spreading into new areas.

April 15, 2010

Race & Class, April 2010

The April 2010 edition of the journal Race & Class leads with two articles analysing Europe's incarceration of 'foreign' prisoners, the first by Liz Fekete and Frances Webber, the second by Luk Vervaet; it also includes Jeremy Seabrook's account of marginal lives in the city of Barisal, Bangladesh.

February 12, 2010

Briefing Paper No. 2

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.

July 1, 2009

Race & Class, July 2009

The July 2009 edition of the journal Race & Class leads with Robbie McVeigh and Bill Rolston's exploration of the long history of the 'civilising process' in Ireland; it also includes two pieces on Palestine: a poem by A. Sivanandan and a discussion of the boycott campaign by Abigail B. Bakan and Yasmeen Abu-Laban.

March 12, 2009

European Race Bulletin no. 66

'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.

March 12, 2009

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.

November 20, 2008

European Race Bulletin no. 65

'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.

April 17, 2008

Race & Class, April 2008

The April 2008 edition of the journal Race & Class leads with Felipe Arocena's analysis of multiculturalism in Brazil, Bolivia and Peru, and features two studies of being black in Australia: one by David McNeill on Australian football and the other by Val Colic-Peisker and Farida Tilbury.

January 17, 2008

Race & Class, January 2008

The January 2008 edition of the journal Race & Class leads with Joy Wang's analysis of Thabo Mbeki's AIDS denialism, features Jeremy Seabrook's examination of the psychic costs of industrialism's relentless march and includes studies of racial conflict in Malaysia, liberal imperialism in Egypt and the 'integration' discourse in France.

November 14, 2007

Briefing Paper 4

Asylum Deaths: What to do next

June 1, 2007

The End of Tolerance: racism in 21st century Britain (Currently not available)

Arun Kundnani looks behind the media hysteria to show how multicultural Britain is under attack by government policies and vitriolic press campaigns that play upon fear and encourage racism.

April 4, 2007

UK: racism and the state 2007

In this special edition of Race & Class, leading black and anti-racist activists, campaigners and scholars chart the new parameters of state racism in the UK today.

March 13, 2007

They Are Children Too: a study of Europe’s deportation policies

Liz Fekete shows how unaccompanied minors, children in families of asylum seekers and those whose parents are without the requisite papers, are being damaged by harsh target-driven deportation systems.

January 1, 2007

Race & Class, January 2007

The January 2007 edition of the IRR journal Race & Class leads with Ilan Pappe's wide-ranging historical analysis of US foreign policy in Palestine, examining the roots of the pro-Israel lobby, its relationship to the fundamentalist Christian Right and the interests of the 'Arabists' in the State Department. Also featured is a series of articles on colonialism and neo-colonialism in the Pacific Islands.

September 21, 2006

Driven to desperate measures 1989-2006

The IRR has catalogued a roll call of death of the 221 asylum seekers and migrants who have died either in the UK or attempting to reach the UK in the past seventeen years.

April 27, 2006

European Race Bulletin no. 55

'Asylum: from deterrence to criminalisation' by Frances Webber draws attention to the threat posed to international conventions by the adoption of a penal framework to prevent the arrival of would-be refugees in Europe and to aid the departure of failed asylum seekers.

April 11, 2005

The deportation machine: Europe, asylum and human rights

Citing over 200 detailed case studies, The deportation machine: Europe, asylum and human rights shows how opportunist political campaigning puts the lives of asylum seekers at risk.

October 1, 2002

Race & Class, October 2002

The US military in the era of globalisation, by Jerry Harris

July 3, 2002

Truth?

As, in the wake of September 11, the concept of international justice is hotly debated, the Institute of Race Relations examines exactly how well internal truth commissions have served the struggle for justice.

April 1, 2002

Racism: the hidden cost of September 11

A special investigation into how anti-terrorist laws across Europe are giving rise to a new wave of popular racism.