HomeNEWSNATIONALBrexitXenophobic Attacks Rise In UK as Brexit Approaches March 23, 2018 Brexit, NEWS DAY, ONLINE The latest data shows that the xenophobic attacks are still on the rise in UK and the increase of attacks is the biggest since the annual reports began in 2011/12, even though the whole year has passed after the Brexit was announced. Attacks, both racist and homophobic, increased by 27%, while religious hate crime rose by 35%. The rise is highly related to UK’s vote to leave the European Union, as more than a hundred incidents of racial abuse and hate crime have been reported since then. Police recorded 80,393 offences in UK in 2016/2017 and a total of 62,685 – 78% – of the crimes in 2016/17 were race hate crimes, the Home Office figures show. The peak came of 2016/17 in July 2016 – the month after the Brexit referendum, when the number of offences reported was 44% higher than the previous July. “The Brexit referendum seems to have led to a further rise in ‘anti-foreigner’ sentiment,” said Christian Ahlund, chair of the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance. “Personally I think the Leave campaign gave a new, acceptable way to express xenophobia,” said Dr Golec de Zavala, senior Lecturer in Psychology at Goldsmiths, University of London. The issue has been widely addressed across the country and most of the very well-known people have tried to speak about that. For example, Jeremy Corbyn, who was recently visiting Coventry University, said: “It was alarming that after the Brexit vote there was a clear rise in xenophobic and racist attacks on our streets”. (To listen for full Jeremy Corbyn speech at Coventry University, please follow the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E3CMF4X-h94) However, has these kinds of talks changed something? Some recent activities prove that nothing major has changed. In contrary, some activities – such as Theresa’s May vans “Go home” – just triggered the racism even more. But in his speech on Brexit in Coventry yesterday, Corbyn said the initiative left a toxic legacy in the record levels of hate crimes which took place after the EU referendum: pic.twitter.com/oANkBphGOp — Craig (@Redsfan1977) February 27, 2018 People have been tweeting their recent #racism stories and anger online since the beginning of Brexit, but the rise in numbers of xenophobic attacks just shows that they have not been heard yet. Two Durham University very talented academics face being #deported within 14 days back to Mexico after 10 years living in the UK because they spent too much time abroad. For God's sake, they're #anthropologists funded by UK research councils! #insane #pleaseRT https://t.co/WdZDy9hoCM — Victor Toom (@VictorToom) March 12, 2018 When your child is the only girl in class with a foreign parent,the only girl who didn't get invited to a bday party and when she asks the bday girl why she wasn't invited and the answer is "because my mum says we don't want people like you in our house".The ugly face of #Brexit — Susa #FBPE (@Subiedoo77) March 16, 2018 There is a wonderful but dark irony to British passports being made abroad. It exposes the sheer stupidity of Brexit. And the reaction, by many, shows how racism and xenophobia is thriving in many Brits. — Thomas H. (@THemingford) March 22, 2018 Interviews with those affected coming up soon Balsyte Berta Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window) Related Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.