Minority ethnic politicians are pushing harsh immigration policies – why representation doesn’t always mean racial justice

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Saini, R., Begum, N. and Bankole, M. 2023. Minority ethnic politicians are pushing harsh immigration policies – why representation doesn’t always mean racial justice. The Conversation Trust (UK).
TitleMinority ethnic politicians are pushing harsh immigration policies – why representation doesn’t always mean racial justice
AuthorsSaini, R., Begum, N. and Bankole, M.
Abstract

There’s no question that British politics is becoming more diverse. From only four minority ethnic MPs elected in 1987, now 67 MPs are from a minority ethnic background.

The Scottish first minister, Humza Yousaf, recently became the first minority ethnic leader of a devolved government and the first Muslim to lead a major UK party. Yousaf follows a number of historic firsts: a Muslim mayor of London (Sadiq Khan), the first British Asian UK prime minister (Rishi Sunak), and the first female minority ethnic home secretary (Priti Patel) succeeded by another minority ethnic woman, (Suella Braverman).

People often assume that if a person in power is an ethnic minority, they will advocate more strongly for minority ethnic communities. But, as our research shows, ethnic diversity in government is not a guarantee of racial justice.

Output mediaWebsite article
Sustainable Development Goals16 Peace, justice and strong institutions
Middlesex University ThemeHealth & Wellbeing
Research GroupSocial Policy Research Centre (SPRC)
LanguageEnglish
Journal or PublicationThe Conversation
Publisher or commissioning bodyThe Conversation Trust (UK)
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Online13 Jul 2023
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Accepted13 Jul 2023
Deposited06 Sep 2023
Output statusPublished
Web address (URL)https://theconversation.com/minority-ethnic-politicians-are-pushing-harsh-immigration-policies-why-representation-doesnt-always-mean-racial-justice-206885
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