NORTH EAST RACE EQUALITY FORUM RESEARCH Briefing No.4 The North East: A warm and friendly welcome?

Introduction: Whilst it is clear that the North East of England provides a warm and friendly welcome for many of us who come from other parts of the UK and indeed abroad,for some there is an often hidden side of open hostility. This difference may be to do with our sexual or religious preferences but is commonly down to ‘race’. This has been legitimised by the rise of UKIP and the intense attention paid by our politicians and news media to negative stories on migration. What is interesting is that all too often these negative stories have replaced positive immigration facts. For example, see the recent study by Dustmann and Frattini (2014)1, which revealed that those coming to our shores have made a much needed contribution to our national purse2.

The following summary provides a short account of some recent research on new Polish migrants in the UK that was jointly conducted by the Polish Academy of Sciences and Northumbria University in 2012/2013. Data was collected through a web-based questionnaire (qu.) that had 143 UK overall responses, with 125 in the north and 60 from the North East. This was followed by 46 semi-structured interviews (in.) with Poles in the North of England with 25 interviewees conducted in the North East.

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NORTH EAST RACE EQUALITY FORUM Information Briefing No. 4

The Modern Slavery Act

The Modern Slavery Act became law on the day Parliament rose for the General Election recess, March 26th. This Information Briefing outlines the context for the Act, what is in the Act and what remains unresolved for the next Parliament, and others, to address.

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NORTH EAST RACE EQUALITY FORUM RESEARCH Briefing No. 3

How has Britain’s integration debate developed since 2000?

Introduction and summary: Ethnicity has been the primary lens through which policymakers have viewed integration policy, but policy aims have shifted over the last 18 years. Three objectives stand out and have been priorities at various times:

  • harmonious community interaction between immigrants and residents;
  • reducing barriers to integration;
  • shifting immigrant behaviour and attitudes to better fit existing economic and societal norms.

Recently, there has been a growing requirement on migrants to “fit in” with a shift from central government lead with local implementation to local policy, planning & implementing.

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NORTH EAST RACE EQUALITY FORUM Information Briefing No. 2

Ethnic minorities and experience of diabetes education

This is based on HAREF’s contribution to the 2014 consultation on diabetes education in Newcastle. Their feedback highlights how different approaches meet the needs of an increasingly diverse population.

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NORTH EAST RACE EQUALITY FORUM RESEARCH Briefing No. 1

The Chinese population in the North East Region

A NEW REPORT FROM THE North East ‘Race’, Crime and Justice Research Network (covering all five universities in the region), examines the social and economic issues facing the Chinese population within the region. The research was undertaken by Dr Zhifeng Tong from Hangxhou (near Shanghai) working with Professors Gary Craig and Maggie O’Neill at the School of Applied Social Sciences at Durham University.

Key highlights include the following:

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