United Kingdom

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  • Gypsies, Roma and Travellers

  • Refugees, asylum seekers, and immigrants

  • Muslims and Jewish people

  • Trans people

  • UK government

  • Far-right and far-left politicians and activists

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Stage 3: Discrimination, Stage 4: Dehumanization, Stage 6: Polarization
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Since 2010, the U.K. has become increasingly hostile for minorities, with the government and far-right parties demonizing refugees, immigrants, and the Gypsy, Roma and Traveller (GRT) community. GRT people generally face high levels of normalized racism and discrimination. The government has recently passed a law that not only cracks down on protests but also criminalizes aspects of many GRT people's nomadic way of life. Additionally, the government has made a deal with Rwanda to offshore asylum processes for refugees considered "illegal," having already unlawfully detained refugees in barracks during COVID-19. During the 2010s, the government targeted members of the Windrush generation, who were invited to the U.K. from the Caribbean after WWII but wrongly considered illegal more recently, with deportations. The U.K. has also seen high levels of transphobia in the media and political discourses. This has made life less safe for trans people, allowed for their existence to be contested, and threatened progress in improving trans rights.

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Page last updated:
6/29/2021

Resources

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What is behind the rise in transphobia in the UK? | UpFront, Al Jazeera

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‘Unsafe’ UK accommodation threatens asylum seekers’ health – report | The Guardian

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UK Traveller communities fear ‘cultural annihilation’ over upcoming trespass laws | Blyth Brentnall, openDemocracy