IRR News 22 April 2021: A report for neoliberal times

22 April 2021 — Institute of Race Relations

Whilst the report by the Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities (CRED) has been derided by many individuals, academics, historians, trade unions, health professionals, MPs and most recently UN human rights experts, what has been muted in discussions is the wider historical context in which the report exists. This week on IRR News, Jenny Bourne provides a much-needed reflective piece, Sewell: a report for neoliberal times, which places the CRED report in context of other key reports from the last fifty years, revealing how it’s not the first time that an ‘independent’ report has reflected the ideology of a government.

For evidence of structural racism, our calendar of racism and resistance this week documents the cruelty of border controls in the UK and Europe, including allegations that a Croatian border police officer threatened and sexually abused a female Afghan asylum seeker at knifepoint, the eviction of over 300 people living in temporary shelters in Calais with no alternative provision made, the moving of dozens of asylum seekers to the controversial Napier barracks in Kent and reports that over 18,000 migrant children have gone missing from state care in European countries in the past three years.  

This week we publish the April 2021 issue of Race & Class, which contains important insights on the pandemic, the marginalisation of indigenous groups in Argentina and the experiences of half-widows in Kashmir. Order a print edition for just £5 from our website here.

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It’s not the first time that an ‘independent’ report has reflected the ideology and mood music of a government Sewell: a report for neoliberal times

Following Equalities Minister Kemi Badenoch’s statement on the Commmission on Race & Ethnic Disparities findings this week, Jenny Bourne argues that the Sewell report is not the first time an ‘independent’ report has reflected the ideology and mood music of a government

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Our April 2021 issue contains important insights on Covid-19, the marginalisation of indigenous groups in Argentina and the lived experiences of half-widows in Kashmir. 

If you have academic access, you can read any of the articles via Sage Publishing. Physical copies can be ordered on our website for £5 + p&p and for simple digital access, that includes our back catalogue from 2008 onwards, subscribe at Exact Editions.

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This week’s calendar documents the cruelty of border controls in the UK and Europe, including the eviction of over 300 people living in temporary shelters in Calais, the moving of dozens of asylum seekers to the controversial Napier barracks in Kent and reports that over 18,000 migrant children have gone missing from state care in European countries since 2018.

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