In preparation for launch of its new campaign, â€˜End Racism This Generationâ€™, Runnymede commissioned a large-scale qualitative attitudinal survey from Ethnic Focus.
The results showed widespread fear among ethnic minorities that discrimination because of their race or religion would affect their chances in education and employment.
Posted by Vicki 11 December 2012 : General ,
Today's post is written by our head of policy, Dr Omar Khan
Every ten years the Census provides us with multiple insights into the state of modern Britain. In todayâ€™s release of the 2011 Census, we find that the Black and minority ethnic (BME) population has reached nearly 8 million â€“ roughly the population of Scotland and Wales combined.
Overall, the BME population is now 14.1% of the overall total in England and Wales, rising from 7.9% in 2001. This doesnâ€™t include the significant â€˜White Otherâ€™ population which is now 2.5 million, or 4.4% of the overall population. Much of this growth has been through immigration, and many will assume that the â€˜White Otherâ€™ population is primarily Eastern European. However, this population also includes White French, White Australian, White Argentinian and White American people, which explains why this disparate â€˜groupâ€™ is now some 12.6% of the population of London.
Combined with the 40% of the population that is Black and minority ethnic, a minority of Londonâ€™s residents are now â€˜White Britishâ€™ (46%). While this is indeed a striking development, it masks an arguably more significant development â€“ the greater dispersal of ethnic minorities across the UK. Contrary to much received wisdom, Britain is becoming less â€˜segregatedâ€™ every year.
Today's post is written by Runnymede's director, Dr Rob Berkeley
In his speech filled with allusions to wartime blitz spirit, and calling for a â€˜buccaneering, deal-making, hungry spiritâ€™ to the CBI yesterday, David Cameron announced an end to â€˜equality impact assessmentsâ€™. An announcement that was so good it needed to be made twice. An announcement that was not all that it seems, on either occasion.
The PM has been keen to make a link between efforts to promote equality and sclerotic decision-making in government. The argument goes that having to consider the impact of policy decisions on marginalised groups is a key hold up in creating policy that will lead us out of double- (and soon to be triple-) dip recession to the sunlit uplands of economic growth. This is the reason why government has failed to introduce an industrial policy worth describing as such, why there will be no decision on airport capacity until after the next election, and why the eurozone is failing to recover. Perhaps thatâ€™s unfair and Iâ€™m falling into the trap of prime-ministerial hyperbole, but the more modest claims that equality impact assessments are to the detriment of effective and speedy policy-making are similarly lacking in evidence. Radical reforms to our schools, university funding, welfare benefits, criminal justice system, armed forces, NHS, energy, and immigration systems have hardly been stalled by decision-makers having to give due consideration to the impact of these decisions on marginalised groups. What Cameron seems to be suggesting by re-announcing this measure is that policy-makers are still spending taking too long to think about the potential impact of policy changes on marginalised people. Given the direction of education, welfare, employment and immigration reforms this hardly bears much scrutiny.
Posted by Vicki 12 October 2012 : criminal justice ,
The news website Exaro has published a story regarding Operation Terminus - a new elite crime squad that targets foreign criminals in London. Runnymede is quoted as calling the initiative "worrying" and potentially alienating to ethnic minorities.
We are concerned that the headline and start of article may give the false impression we are against foreign criminals being targeted by the police. This is, of course, not the case. We are instead concerned with the overall approach of Operation Terminus rather than its specific aims.
Our Research and Policy Analyst Kam Gill clarifies Runnymedeâ€™s position and provides more detail on our concerns with Operation Terminus
The Metropolitan police have recently initiated an operation - dubbed Operation Terminus - which seeks to target foreign criminals for deportation. While few people, and certainly not Runnymede are likely object to criminals of whatever nationality being targeted by the police and prevented from committing more crime there are aspects of the approach which are problematic and are likely to be ineffective.
Firstly by focusing on "foreigners" rather than on "criminals" or on a specific crime there is a risk that the police will slide into the use of ethnic profiling - targeting specific people based not on intelligence that they may be involved in crime but based purely on the actual or perceived ethnicity -Â a tactic which is illegal in the UK. Regardless of their ethnicity criminals should be caught, of course, but once caught they should also be entitled to due process and fair treatment under the law.
Runnymedeâ€™s director Rob Berkeley questions whether the governmentâ€™s economic strategy is heading in the right direction and whether we can afford to wait to address racial inequalities. This article originally appeared in the Runnymede Bulletin.
As Rahm Emmanuel the former White House Chief of Staff and currently beleaguered Mayor of Chicago reminds us, in politics, â€˜a crisis is a terrible thing to wasteâ€™. And a crisis is definitely what we are experiencing at the moment. One in five young people in the UK, Sweden, Poland, Italy and Ireland is unemployed (a rise in the UK from one in eight young people in 2007). In Spain and Greece the number of young people out of work has risen to nearly 50%.Â The Spanish and Greek governments have been thrown into turmoil, with street protests regularly turning nasty and each policy turn scrutinised in the media to assess the impact of the budgetary cuts. For young people from minority ethnic backgrounds in the UK prospects for a job are worse than for those in Rhodes or Seville. Fifty-five percent of young men from Black Caribbean backgrounds who are seeking work, cannot find a secure job. The response from our politicians, media and civil society, however, is at best a dismissive shrug.
Despite activistsâ€™ efforts to raise the issue of disproportionate levels of unemployment for people from minority ethnic communities, many of our political leaders appear to be convinced that no response is the best response. Challenged in parliament on the need to address the scandalous levels of unemployment among people from some minority ethnic groups, the employment minister merely suggested that the governmentâ€™s flagship Work Programme would be evaluated in 2014 to see whether it was having any impact on this group. Such a wait-and-see approach is little comfort to a young person on the dole.
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