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GOVERNMENT austerity and immigration policies have made Britain a more racist country, a UN inspector said today.
Tendayi Achiume, the UN’s special rapporteur on racism, criticised the government’s adoption of “sweeping austerity measures” since 2010, which have “disproportionately” affected ethnic minorities.
Her preliminary findings, which included criticism of the “hostile environment” introduced by PM Theresa May when she was Home Secretary, come after a two-week trip visiting victims of racial hate crime across the country.
Her first day in Britain coincided with Amber Rudd’s resignation as Home Secretary following the Windrush scandal.
Speaking at a press conference to mark the end of her trip, Ms Achiume said “women of colour are the worst affected” by austerity measures and that the picture for young black boys in Britain “remains grim and has actually worsened.”
She strongly recommended the British government repeal aspects of the 2014 and 2016 Immigration Act which helped foster Ms May’s hostile environment.
Ms Achiume will release a report in June 2019 further outlining her findings.
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