The EU Referendum and Experiences and Fear of Ethnic and Racial Harassment: Variation across individuals and communities in England

le Lundi 03 Mai 2021 à l’Ined en visio-conférence, de 11h30 à 12h30

Présenté par : Renee Luthra (University of Essex) ; Discutant : Patrick Simon (Ined, UR08)


This paper uses nationally representative, longitudinal data to examine experiences and fear of ethnic and racial harassment in public spaces among minorities in the UK, comparing levels of both before and after the 2016 EU Referendum. We do not find an increase in the prevalence of ethnic and racial harassment, but we do find higher levels of fear of ethnic and racial harassment in the period after the Referendum. The increase in fear following the vote was concentrated among more privileged individuals: those with higher levels of education, and those living in less socioeconomically deprived areas with lower levels of previous right-wing party support. We conclude that the Referendum exacerbated already higher levels of perceived discrimination among higher educated minorities while reducing the buffering effect of residence in “safe areas.”

Biographie de Renee Luthra

Renee Luthra is Director of the Essex Centre for Migration Studies, Assistant Director of the ESRC Research Centre for Micro-Social Change, and Senior Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Essex. She received her PhD (2010) in Sociology at the University of California, Los Angeles. Her primary areas of expertise are international migration and social stratification, especially inequalities by place of birth, citizenship, and ethnicity. She is the author (with Thomas Soehl and Roger Waldinger) of Origins and Destinations: The Making of the Second Generation, which introduces an international perspective that incorporates characteristics of both the sending country and the context of reception to explain the outcomes of the children of immigrants in the United States. She is applying this perspective in her current work to examine the effect of immigrant selectivity, sending country political socialisation and social trust to better understand the outcomes of immigrants and their descendants in the UK and across Europe.