UKREN AGM and UK launch of ENAR’s shadow report on migration and racism – 4 May 2017

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Date: 4 May 2017
Time: 2pm – 5pm
Location:  CIPR, 52-53 Russell Square, London, WC1B 4HP

The UK Race and Europe Network (UKREN) would like to invite you to their Annual General Meeting and the UK launch of the European Network Against Racism’s (ENAR) shadow report on migration and racism. Continue reading “UKREN AGM and UK launch of ENAR’s shadow report on migration and racism – 4 May 2017”

Women and Equalities Committee report: Implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 5 in the UK

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In 2015, the Sustainable Development Goals (a set of goals to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all) were agreed by world leaders at the United Nations.  The UK strongly advocated for the inclusion of SDG 5; a commitment to achieve gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls by 2030. Continue reading “Women and Equalities Committee report: Implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 5 in the UK”

House of Commons Library briefing paper – Brexit: Red Lines and Starting Principles

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The House of Commons Library published a report on the starting points of British and EU institutions at the beginning of the Article 50 process (Article 50 of the Treaty of Lisbon gives any EU member the right to withdraw from the EU, and outlines the procedure for doing so) in March 2017.

The report included the following themes:

  • British aims for Brexit
  • EU guidelines
  • Areas of agreement and potential disagreement
  • The UK, Spain and Gibraltar: could Spain block agreement?

Download the full report.

Migrant Voice report – Roads to Nowhere

Migrant Voice published a report on the impact of Europe’s Dublin regulation in March 2017. The report concluded that the Dublin Regulation does not provide an appropriate framework for the dispersal of asylum seeker applications within the European Union, and made recommendations for improvement.

In particular:

  1. an immediate suspension of all Dublin transfers;
  2. increased monitoring and reporting;
  3. a commitment to transparency;
  4. granting due weight to connections;
  5. a broader definition of familial connection; and
  6. the creation of a Single European Asylum Application.

Read a summary or access the full report.

Runnymede Trust report – Minority Report, Race and Class in post-Brexit Britain

The Runnymede Trust published a report on race and class in post-Brexit Britain in March 2017.

The report was designed to better analyse and understand how race and class interact – notably by interrogating the persistence and extent of intergenerational inequalities on the grounds of race and class, and examining how those inequalities are then unjustly supported by racist and classist attitudes and behaviours.

TUC analysis – Maternity Leave in Europe

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The TUC published an analysis of maternity pay in March 2017. Based on research from the International Network on Leave Policies and Research, the TUC found that British mothers get one of the lowest amounts of decently-paid maternity leave in Europe.

TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said:

“The UK is in the relegation zone when it comes to decently-paid maternity leave. Many Europeans countries offer decent support to new mums. But lots of parents here are forced back to work early to pay the bills. My advice to all new mums is to join a union. It is the best way to improve your pay and conditions.”

Director of Maternity Action Ros Bragg said:

“Without adequate maternity pay, women’s choices are limited and many cannot afford to take their leave entitlements. We should be investing in support for pregnant women and new families.”

The BBC, the Independent and the Guardian also covered this analysis.

FRA report – Together in the EU: Promoting the Participation of Migrants and their Descendants

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The European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) published a report on integrating migrants, refugees and their descendants into the EU in March 2017. The report identified and compared policies across the EU in areas important for successful integration.

There are some 20 million non-EU citizens living in the EU. Many have settled and started families. However, despite efforts from 2004 to follow common principles to guide and improve integration across the EU, Member States have widely different approaches to integration and inclusion across the EU.

The report focused on four key areas:

  • Education: migrant pupils face some form of school segregation in around half of EU Member States, often despite efforts by the authorities to prevent it. This depicts a worrying reality of migrants and natives living in divided societies;
  • Youth: fewer than half of Member States have action plans or strategies explicitly addressing youth with a migrant background, even though they can be important to avoid marginalisation, alienation and even radicalisation;
  • Discrimination: 16 Member States do not protect migrants against discrimination on the basis of their nationality or status as migrant, refugee or foreigner, which can mask ethnic and racial discrimination; and,
  • Language: few Member States provide courses to all residents with limited language proficiency, including citizens of migrant background. At the same time, language learning programmes are rarely linked to employment, and job-specific or on-the-job language training courses are uncommon.

Read a summary, or download the full report.

EU report: ‘The meaning of racial or ethnic origin in EU law: between stereotypes and identities’

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The European Union published a report, ‘The meaning of racial or ethnic origin in EU law: between stereotypes and identities‘, in February 2017.

The report provides an in-depth analysis of the conceptual background of the ground of racial or ethnic origin as well as its practical interpretation by international as well as national courts.

It was drafted by the European network of legal experts in gender equality and non-discrimination. The author, Lilla Farkas, is a senior expert on racial or ethnic origin.

Brexit: Implications for Equality and Human Rights Law

Ebony Riddell Bamber, EDF Research and Impact Director, writes about our February 2017 Brexit and Equality seminar.

Brexit is a key strategic priority for us: ensuring that there is no roll-back on our current protections, and taking steps to embed equality protections going forward, such as clauses in the Great Repeal Bill. Alongside researchers, policymakers and civil society experts in our network, we seek to understand and influence this opportunity for change.

Our first seminar, Brexit: Implications for Equality and Human Rights Law, was a genuine success and has helped shape our approach to advancing equality and human rights post-Brexit. We’ve already had a range of positive feedback and proposals from members – and will be following up with joint initiatives in the coming weeks.

If you’d like to attend the next seminar – or if you missed out this time – register your interest for advance notice.  We’ll keep live-tweeting each event using #BrexitEquality.

A huge thank you to Cloisters for sponsoring the event, and supporting this initiative to ensure the UK continues to lead on equality and human rights protections.

Seminar papers from our speakers:

EDF Equality and Brexit briefing

Schona Jolly QC, Cloisters Chambers

Angela Patrick, Barrister, Doughty Street Chambers

Paola Uccellari, Equality & Human Rights Commission

Charles M Ramsden, Government Equalities Office