A possie in Aussie

March 14, 2009

Migrants, asylum seekers, tent cities: it’s all depressing

The Institute of Race Relations investigated 105 deaths in the EU in 2007 and 2008 Europe’s shame – deaths linked to racism on the rise

Main findings:

The largest number of deaths – a total of fifty-three – are linked to European asylum and immigration policies, particularly target-driven deportation ones. Suicides in immigration detention centres and other venues account for the largest number of deaths. Deaths related to the policing of immigration appear to be increasing year-on-year.

At least thirty-nine deaths are linked to intolerance and hostility towards cultural diversity. At least nine people died, in horrific circumstances, as a result of far-Right violence in Germany, Spain, Italy and Belgium while two fatal arson attacks targeting Roma are still under investigation in Hungary…. authorities consistently fail to recognise racism as an aggravating factor in such killings.

A further thirteen deaths of members of minority ethnic groups, mostly Roma or those of North African origin, occurred after contact with police forces, outside the immigration sector.

tent-city

This is not a holiday camping area. And no, it is not where persecuted immigrants have been forced to live. It is in Sacramento California, one of many tent cities that are springing up in the US as thousands of people are hit by foreclosures and job losses. Struggling Americans call tent cities home

These are people who used to be the suburban new middle class, many white. Many of those seeking shelter had good jobs and stable family lives until the economy spun out of control.

Tracy Vaughan, one of the tent city residents said she and her husband had worked for the same company:

“We both got laid off on the same day. So yeah, it just kind of happened.”

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