Runnymede Perspective: ‘Conservatism and Community Cohesion’

Conservative MP Dominic Grieve wrote the first in a new series of Runnymede Perspectives that was published in January 2010.

His paper entitled ‘Conservatism and Community Cohesion’, looks at how the Conservative Party’s principles and potential policies marry with the divisive and politically charged topics of race equality and a multi-ethnic society.

The report also includes responses from academics, including Lord Bhikhu Parekh, chair of the Runnymede Commission on the Future of Multi-Ethnic Britain; Montserrat Guibernau of the Queen Mary University of London; Ludi Simpson of the Cathie Marsh Centre of Census and Survey Research at the University of Manchester; and Shamit Saggar of the University of Sussex.

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EC report: ‘Links between migration and discrimination’

The report ‘Links between Migration and Discrimination’ was published by the European Commission on 2 December 2009.

This report describes the links between nationality and protection from discrimination under EU and international law as well as in the domestic legal systems of the EU Member States.

Its purpose is to identify whether third-country nationals are protected, once they enter the European Union, from discrimination on grounds of nationality and from discrimination on grounds of race, ethnic origin or religion in situations where nationality is used as a proxy for these grounds.

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Fawcett report on ethnic minority women’s access to justice

The Fawcett Society published a report in February 2010 examining the experiences of ethnic minority women as workers, offenders and victims within the criminal justice system.

‘Realising Rights: increasing ethnic minority women’s access to justice’ examines how ethnic minority women fall through the gaps within a system that marginalises their needs and experiences and what can be done about it.

 

GEO guide to the Duty to Reduce Socio-Economic Inequalities

In January 2010, the Government Equalities Office (GEO) published a guide that explains the background to the duty, the need for it, and how it will operate for each of the different types of public body that are covered by it.

It also explains how compliance with the duty will be monitored, and answers the questions that have been put to the Government in discussion with stakeholders.

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EHRC and GEO monitoring update on the impact of the recession

In December 2009, the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) and the Government Equalities Office (GEO) published a ‘Monitoring update on the impact of the recession on various demographic groups’.

The document updates findings published earlier in 2009 and looks at how the downturn in the UK labour market has impacted on various equality groups between the first quarter of 2008 and the quarter ending September 2009.

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ENAR paper on ‘Migration and Diversity’

In December 2009, the European Network against Racism (ENAR) published its ‘General Policy Paper No. 6: Migration and Diversity: A Rights-Based Approach to Migration’.

It is the product of ongoing concern and reflection regarding the development of progressive migration and integration policies, at a time when the EU institutions are considering a new programme for the design of EU policies in the area of justice and home affairs after 2010.

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